Far from the Tree

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Macmillan, Jan 7, 2002 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she'd rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she's kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. Far From The Tree is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?
 

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Contents

You cant cut your dresses by my pattern
5
No goodbyes Just gone
19
sleigntofhand fame
27
running into a brick wall only hurts you
52
If you dont snake up your life all the good stuff settles on the bottom
75
Always is over
92
One last shot
108
Chapter 8 a few square miles or raggedy road and broken dreams
122
waiting for the but
189
a womans rights and a daughters guilt
212
the fan was on they just werent sure when tne shit would hit
229
There were no good old days only now
246
The footprints are always benind you
258
we could be so good together
273
Aint nothin hurts worse than a lie
283
its okay to say when
291

My life My rules Right?
132
At ease Gomer
146
You never know what a day will bring
158
Lets get this snow on the road
172
what could have been what would have been and what was
304
just let it all hang out
317
steps in a new direction
335
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Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant are the bestselling authors of Better Than I Know Myself and Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made won the Merit Award for fiction from the black caucus of the American Library Association, the Book of the Year award from Blackboard, and the New Author of the Year Award from the Go On Girl Book Club. Virginia and Donna first met while working as models, and what should have been a rivalry ended up as a decades-long friendship. Virginia lives in New Jersey, and Donna lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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