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Though falling into the category of `chick lit' (a VERY lucrative and popular assignation these days!) Judith Marshall just writes so well that it is doubtful this book will ever fall out of favor. Not only can she distill the humor of the baby boomer (and a few years before the designated starting point of 1946!) age, especially women who have come through the `Mad Men' housewife station and advanced to independent careers, but she can also plumb the depths of honest expression of loss, love, need, hope and hilarity that accompanies that segment of our society. Marshall's been there done that approach to this novel makes it not only wholly credible, but wonderfully heart felt and enormously fun to read.
Brief synopsis (better to read the book for the details and joy): Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a 60-year-old HR director who after preparing packets for the newly laid off personnel finds that biggest packet her own - no job, her long term lover is being transferred to the East Coast, her children are `divorcing' her (moving out), and instead of jumping into the fray of the eligibly unemployed she gathers her very longterm best friends Karen, JoAnn, Gidge, Rosie and Arlene each of whom has weathered menopause, multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and other frustrations. When the news of Karen's death in a motorcycle accident, as is their custom the band of sisters decide to trek to Lake Tahoe (the deceased Karen's vacation home) to tend to the funeral arrangements for Karen as well as attempt to analyze the mystery of the accident that took Karen's life. It is a time where each of the friends reveals the spectrum of emotions that accompany grief, but also that because of their profound bonding leads to some of the most marvelous humor and tales and `withheld information' that begins to flow from the mutual coming together: the arrival of ex-husbands and grown child to mourn only adds to the images so beautifully defined by the author that they plead to be shared with future re-reads.
On every level this is a book of unbounded love, that sort of depicted relationships that once again proves that friends are our most important treasure. Read this book and enjoy belly laughs and tears equally. Brava! Grady Harp, July 14
Judith Marshall writes a delightful book, relating the calamities and deprivations of Elizabeth Reilly Hayden, and her five best friends since their school days. Each one, in their individual style, protects and nurtures the others through the hilarious, often poignant 50's and 60's era to the current time. Broken marriages and unreliable men bind them together, as each faces irreversible heartache, fragile egos and hopelessness. Now as older women, they gather to mourn the loss of one of them, using past memories to lead them back to a somber present. This is a book about "everywoman"--a handbook for survival that should be read by both sexes.
Micki Peluso, Journalist, book reviewer and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill sang."
I read the first third of this novel in one sitting. As a native of Northern California near the author's hometown, I found myself reflecting on the locations she mentioned, such as Beach Street in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the cities along Hwy 680.
For me, this novel hit home in several respects besides residing nearby. Human Resources is also my profession, so I understand the challenges faced regarding downsizing staff. Also, I often imagined the television series "Happy Days" as I completed each chapter.
This was a refreshing reminder of years past. Teenage mischief then does not compare to what today's youth performs. Pranks were basically harmless, and you could laugh about them. Of course, anyone who has ever lost a loved one, and made funeral arrangements, will relate to the anguish the characters faced. In short, this novel celebrates life and friendships.
I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated the unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning page after page.
Getting to know the characters was like getting to know friends of my own...I even feel like they are my friends now that I've had such an intimate look at their lives!
I'm looking forward to reading more work from this author.
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