Chicago art teacher Lydia is preparing for her annual midwinter party. It's a party she hosts every year for six women friends. Over a table laden with a feast of food and wine, the women revel in sharing newsy updates, simmering secrets, and laughter. Except this year is different. This year, Lydia has to find a way to tell her friends that's she's been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and has only a few weeks to live. This novel from the author of A Year of Cats and Dogs (2009) is wryly funny and exquisitely written.