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The narration of The Saving Graces rotates among the four women and gets right to the heart of each Grace--the stories they tell stick close to the territory of their emotional lives. This intimate directness makes Gaffney's women seem, well, womanly. Serene Isabel, who has always been "the best champion, the kindest friend" to all the other Graces, is dying of breast cancer. Rudy needs to leave her ultra-controlling husband. Lee, usually the rational one, is possessed by her desire to have a baby. Ironic Emma wants to write a novel and has a hard crush on a married man. This group feels messy and real: they keep secrets from each other, grate on one another's nerves, and analyze each other. But ultimately, all four know that they've lucked into a very good thing. Not just because they share the sweetness and silliness that comes with friendship, but also because they are willing to act as soldiers for each other. When Rudy finally gets up the nerve to leave her husband, for example, she doesn't do it alone: "Isabel stood on my right, Lee on my left. Emma had taken a seat on the bed--an escalation of the offense, usurping more enemy territory." In Gaffney's universe, women armed with grace, humor, and a couple of good girlfriends can transcend even the most painful events in their lives. --Katherine Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very enjoyable read about friends and their journey together through life. The characters are well developed. Very well written touching story.Published 3 months ago by jan
Enjoyed this book a lot. I have been blessed with friends like these women. This book helped remind me how important they are in my life.Published 4 months ago by Marleen Musso
Loved it! Finished it in a day because I couldn't put it down. I laughed. I cried. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Published 4 months ago by Rita Jean Smith
Such a heart warming book. The power of love, sisterhood and Grace. Life is so much better with friends who are family.Published 5 months ago by Kim Miller
I am used to more substantive books. As a member of two book clubs I read alot. I think this is only the second time in over 10 years that I have not finished a book.Published 5 months ago by An Avid Reader
Recommendation from my book club was well worth it. A great Summer read. I enjoyed each character and the author's writing style.Published 5 months ago by Michele Miller
Any woman with a close group of friends will enjoy this read.
Feminists, romantics alike will also enjoy the touching story of such wonderful, fulfilling relationships.
Great story. Somewhat predictable, however gave one a lot to think about. Recommend for those that have stayed friends for a long while.Published 6 months ago by SCR