IN REGALIA - A NOVEL OF FAMILY, ADDICTION, NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS AND ADOPTION
In contemporary New England, a family is divided over the fate of a young girl, a twin, with life-threatening allergies. Out of the blue, the girl’s aunt, Helene, a nurse, is contacted by her deceased, long-estranged sister's Native American in-laws, who have been struggling to manage the girl’s condition while dealing with their own family problems, including the imprisonment of the twins' father, a Native American activist. With all her resources, medical knowledge, and a chance to offer the girl twin a more advantaged life, Helene does not understand why her attempts to adopt the child are rebuffed. Part of her effort is to try to make up for the lost relationship with her sister.