A friend recommended the author Elizabeth Berg to me, so a couple weeks ago I chose her novel What We Keep as travel reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it turned out to be too short to last my entire trip. The novel begins with a woman a plane traveling to visit her mother, whom she has not seen for over 35 years, since she was a young teenager. Most of the narrative follows the woman into her memories as she recalls the events that led up to the last time she and her sister saw her mother, and the story concludes with the reunion between the two sisters and their mother. The events that unfold are painful and heartwarming; Berg’s writing lends a sensitive look at them. Well-written and engaging, What We Keep is a touching and insightful look at the relationships between mothers and daughters, and I whole-heartedly recommend it.