Tabitha can barely feed herself and her two children after her husband, Stuart, abandons them. Residing in an upmarket Philadelphia apartment, she doesn't tell anyone about her troubles and without much cash, she resorts to pilfering food, toilet paper, whatever she can lay her hands on, and keeping a list of those she owes.
Tabitha's plight - particularly the lengths she goes to to find food for her kids - was confronting as you think about what would you do in that situation. I suspect I'd spend a bit more time than Tabitha looking for a job although she did have good reason for losing confidence in her food business. I found it an interesting read although the explanations about why her husband took off and left that message in his departure note didn't have the dramatic punch I was hoping for.