Born on May 16th, 1955
From Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Unemployed single mother Dawn Anna Townsend (Debra Winger) is struggling to support her four kids, but catches a break when she's hired as a teacher and then meets and falls for kindhearted Bink (Alex Van). However, her lucks turns bad when it is discovered that she has a brain tumor and must face a difficult operation to have it removed. After her surgery, Dawn Anna makes a slow recovery and settles into family life with Bink and her kids -- but there is more tragedy and heartache still ahead.
Martha Horgan (Debra Winger) is a withdrawn, mentally disabled woman who lives with her aunt, Frances (Barbara Hershey). One of Martha's unusual traits is that she doesn't lie, a quality that leads to her getting fired from a dry-cleaning shop thanks to the actions of the shifty Getso (David Strathairn). Conflict seems to follow Martha, since she also becomes romantically involved with local fix-it man, Mackey (Gabriel Byrne), who is sleeping with Frances as well.
C. S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), the renowned author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, is a bachelor and Oxford University professor who spends his free time debating with fellow academics at a pub. Although he seems entirely uninterested in love, Lewis agrees to marry Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), an American writer who is looking to secure British citizenship. Their arrangement soon becomes a romance, and, when Joy is diagnosed with terminal cancer, their bond grows even stronger.