Until Now, a set of five linked short stories, follows Janey—first as a child, then as an adolescent and adult—as she deals with loss and challenging family dynamics. The settings range from suburban New Jersey to New York to Boston. In the first story, "Without a Hitch," Janey attends the wedding of a cousin who is terrified of getting married. In the title story, "Until Now," she strives to develop her theatrical and artistic talents while struggling with feelings of isolation in the face of her mother's illness and death. In "An Opening Through Time," as she prepares for her own wedding, Janey realizes how profoundly her mother's life trajectory has shaped her own attitudes towards marriage and motherhood. In "Algonquin" and "Pentimento," stories which span decades, Janey inhabits vibrant Manhattan, as well as the quiet Jersey town of her early years—and, in both places, she discovers the mystery and power of memory.