- File Size: 3449 KB
- Print Length: 298 pages
- Publisher: SMC Publishing (October 21, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005YD4V7Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Interesting First Novel
Michele Shriver's first novel is an interesting exploration of the lives of four women, who at one time were the best of friends in law school, but drifted apart before graduation.
They all made a promise one evening after their final exams that they would meet back up in a decade, on the night before their 10th reunion. That same night they also stated their goals and where they saw themselves in 10 years.
The author writes about each woman in the present at their get together, but also weaves in different time periods from the past that gives the reader a clearer picture of how they got to where they are today and what happened along the way.
Each one is looking to restart the friendships anew, but also have things in the past they must address first. For some if is addressing individual issues, for others it is closure, and for almost all, forgiveness for and toward one another for minor and more complicated issues.
Each of them is so very different personality wise and in the way they have lived their lives over the last 10 years. Yet they all were best friends at one point and desire to reignite those friendships.
Can they revive their friendship's or are some things better left in the past? Can they truly be honest about where they are in their lives and what they have been through? As different as they are from one another, can they drop the old habits and feelings that led to their parting of ways so long ago? Or is closure and moving forward in the present on the paths they are on the only option available to them?
Michele Shriver has written a novel that addresses so many topics and and weaves the lives of these four women in and out of several time periods in their lives. She has amazing characters that she brings alive through the back and forth of the time periods. The plot was perfectly fitting and adventitious to the type of novel the author wrote.
This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end and one I am sure any reader would enjoy.
The story starts in present day Texas where the four former classmates / friends are to meet up for the first time in ten years. As they reluctantly show up and share with one another, truths come out and the reader gets an inside look at the last ten years since graduating from law school.
Shriver is a top notch story teller. The writing style moving between past and present is not an easy one, but the author does a superb job.
I can't wait to read more and I highly recommend After Ten to all!
After Ten is my kind of women's literature, and the telling and revealing of each woman's story did not disappointment me in the least. Shriver creates a history of the four lawyers that is unique. Its the emotions evoked by their experiences that makes it universal. Beth, Jordan, Sarah, and Tracey are all successful, at least as deemed by the outside world, if not by their families. But each carries scars of the friendships that formed in the first year of law school. Those scars went deep enough that the women lost track of each other and their friendships. They've managed to keep up through the alumni newsletter on a superficial and artificially devised tidbits.
Shriver slowly reveals the stories taking the reader from the promise made to return ten years after graduation to their favorite college hangout the night before the reunion. All four managed to keep their promise to one another, and Tracey brings evidence of that night in the form of a cocktail napkin where she wrote the aspirations for each of the four. As the napkin reveals their hopes and dreams, reality converges to allow the women to share secrets that reveal not all is as perfect as the periodic newsletters profess.
I so liked the book, I've already downloaded Shriver's book Sixth South that focuses on one of the secondary characters from After Ten. If you like strong female characters with compelling stories, then you'll enjoy reading this book. I highly recommend it for your summer reading enjoyment.