The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives

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Random House Publishing Group, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
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One dayin Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a beautiful diamond necklace in a jewelry store window and wondered: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and one great leap of faith later, Jonell and twelve other women bought the necklace together–to be passed along among them all.

The dazzling treasure weaves in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women. With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, they transcend their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey–and what started as a quirky social experiment becomes something far richer and deeper.

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User Review  - mfdavis - LibraryThing

This book is not just about a piece of jewelry. It is about relationships and about sharing -- and how by sharing what we have we get back more than we give. Read full review

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User Review  - bookwormteri - LibraryThing

!3 women buy a VERY expensive diamond necklace to share. The most interesting thing in the book is how the necklace changes them. This necklace, and the other women in the group, give each woman something she needed, but maybe didn't realize it. Very interesting. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Cheryl Jarvis is a journalist and essayist and the author ofThe Marriage Sabbatical: The Journey That Brings You Home. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications, includingThe Wall Street Journal,theChicago Tribune,Cosmopolitan, Redbook,andReader’s Digest.A former television producer and magazine and newspaper editor, she has taught writing at the University of Southern California and at Washington University and Webster University in St. Louis.

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