Talk Before Sleep: A Novel (Google eBook)
What do women talk about when they know they don't have forever? They talk about what they have always talked about, only they go deeper and more honest: with outrageous humor they try to mitigate pain. Intimate and uncensored sharing, the kind of connection women prize, is at the heart of this deeply moving novel about the grit and power of female friends.
Ann and Ruth have always talked as only great friends can--honestly, and about everything: husbands and marriages, sex lives and children, their work, their hopes, their disappointments, and their dreams. For Ann, cautious and conventional, her closeness to the outspoken and eccentric Ruth brings about discovery and liberation, a chance to say whatever she wants, and, most important, under the insistent tutelage of Ruth, to become herself. Over the years, the women have shared recipes, quilting patterns, child care, delicate and dangerous secrets. Each rests secure in the knowledge that they will be friends forever. Then something happens that will change their lives forever, and the women begin to share something more profound than either of them might have predicted.
Written with an unerring ear for how women talk, laugh, and cry together, and with a gift for capturing the uniqueness of personality, Talk Before Sleep is sure to find a place in readers' hearts.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - daddyofattyo - LibraryThing
Another great book by this writer, my third. This one is about a group of friends caring for one of their own dying of cancer. Told by Ann, the closest friend to the patient, Ruth. Ruth is very ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PamGam - LibraryThing
What I took away from it was true friendship. Nothing can really be learned from any of the characters in how to deal with a friend dying from cancer; they each dealt in their own way but it wasn't ... Read full review