It might be easy to call Sarah Meehan Sirk's "Ozk"a female version of Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle," but it would also be unfair. Sure it's about a parent (in this case, a mother) not spending enough time with a child (in this case, a daughter), but Sirk has painted a much more complex and sympathetic portrayal of a parent. Yes, she puts her work first, but I got the sense that she didn't know how to do otherwise. Told through the daughter's eyes, there's some resentment but there's also a slow coming to grips with what appears to be some sort of emotional disorder in her mom, and perhaps even a psychological disorder.
It's a touching tale, with one of the very best introductions I've read in a long, long, time.