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Lace Hardcover – July 1, 1982
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The story chronicles the lives of five women, four of whom meet up at a Swiss Finishing School. It follows the their growth to maturity as each one carves a successful future for themselves. However, their lives are laced together by a shared secret!
Lavishly descriptive, you will be seduced by the glamour as well as the hard realities that the five women have to endure. Ultimately, it is a book about friendship and what it means to be a woman. Conran writes with heartfelt understanding and accuracy. She is first rate!
I believe a wealth of Conran's life experience (and cultural awareness) is evident in the development of the characters. And, I can honestly say as a man, that my understanding and empathy for women has changed for the better.
Shirley is a real woman and she writes from a real womans perspective. The intimacy, pain and passions of the characters are viewed from an intimately feminine standpoint. I feel I have shared something of what was in the authors mind and the minds of the characters in this magical book. Thankyou Shirley.
"Lace" is a richly enjoyable novel not of the cheap supermarket kind, but truly an amazing book that'll keep you on the edge and mesmerize you from beginning to end. Once you started reading this book, you'll never want to put it down, and will want to reread it a good many of times- I know I have.
A truly amazing, staggering story of the dramatic (and humor full) lives of four best friends from being teen angers to adulthood. It is my favorite novel.
As Sarah said a prime choice for rainy days and Sundays, indeed!
Tracing their lives from the beginning of their friendship to the present (then ~1980), this is not a "romance novel", but a guide to life, and love.
One of the few books I have that I have read that is so totally engaging that you become part of story each time you read it and you hesitate to put it down, and at the end are sad that it's over.
A prime choice for rainy days and Sundays.
It's a doorstopper of a book at 754 pages, certainly not one that you can sit and finish in one day. There are 5 main characters; the three school friends Maxine, Pagan and Kate, their American friend Judy and of course, Lili the child born to one of them. There is a huge supporting cast of parents, aunts, lovers, husbands, children, employers and friends but it's not hard to keep up with them all.
As the synopsis above told the four old school friends find themselves in a hotel room unsure of why they are together and why they have been called there by Lili, a famous actress. She asks that famous question and the story begins. Lili's tale starts off with horros and then the tale moves to the Swiss finishing school where the four girls meet each other and they discover just how little they know about life, love and sex. Each girl has a romantic entanglement and at the end of Part 1 one of them is pregnant but the reader does not know which one. The story then moves back and forth in time to tell how the women came to be the rich, sophisticated beings they are.
Aaaah, to sink into a soap opera in book format. 'Cause that is exactly what this is. Lots of angst, lots of rich people, lots of fancy clothes and plenty of love scenes - some better than others. It was an enjoyable read - the characters were strong and the plot - if a bit mind bending - was enough to keep the pages turning.Read more ›
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Lace is somewhat of a iconic novel from the trash loving 80's. It was a huge best-seller back in the day and spawned a highly rate mini-series with a breathtakingly beautiful... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Buck Winthrop
Saw the movie 30 years ago and always wanted to read the book. So far love it.Published 7 months ago by Toya Winder
I'm not a big fan of romance novels, but I remember the mini series as being a big deal in the 80's when I was too young to watch it, so I decided to check out the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Flyingsolo
Not a terrible read. The book starts off a little slow but gets better. I would purchase from this seller againPublished 17 months ago by amlojmr
I found this book sort of confusing the way it went all over the place. These women had all they ever wanted and needed in life, including a lot of sex, but were never REALLY... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Becky
I watched the mini series when I was younger, back in the days when this book would have been very risqué. The book was amazing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christie817
This is a very well-written book about a group of women in the 1950's & 60's. It is interesting on many levels: the relationships, the locations, the sex (which at times seems... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Peg D