A family is a system. For Annabelle, aka Tanya, aka Sienna aka Sophia, it is a rigorously cheerful, rigorously protective, rigorously mobile system. It packs up and moves every 18 months. Until Kansas City, when the system’s mother drinks herself to death, and the rules are preserved by the father and the daughter.
The 32 year old remains of the system is now a woman, who wants to live in the suburbs, plant roses, and forbid her husband to buy suitcases.