By Mary Alice Monroe
Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Mary Alice Monroe invitations you to satisfy 5 amazing characters as she explores the facility of friendship with tenderness, honesty and understanding"Outwardly associated through their per month booklet membership conferences, 5 various girls in suburban Chicago come to achieve that they percentage greater than simply the books they learn as they try with a couple of life-changing concerns and become aware of the real that means and gear of friendship."—Library magazine
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Gone. You have to pick up the pieces and move forward. Not just for you, but for the children’s sake. You’re stagnant here. ” Annie slapped her forehead with her palm. “Hey, who are you talking to here? You can’t keep up those false pretenses with me, sweetie. It might work with Doris and the rest of those Riverton matrons, but I’m not just your friend, I’m your lawyer. I do your books. I know your finances better than you do and I’m telling you, you’re going under. ” “It’s not just some place.
Eve stopped, blinked. “You are,” Annie repeated. Eve heard this. For a moment she felt her chest rise and fall heavily as the words sunk in. You’re more than enough. Dear God, help me, she prayed. I have to be. She leaned back on her side of the sofa, tucking her legs beneath her and tugging the afghan under her chin. Annie did the same. Judy Garland was singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and beside them, the fire crackled and sparked behind the iron grate. Eve felt the warmth of it slowly seep into her soul, gradually thawing the chill that had seized it in the past months and made her numb.
That’s how they described themselves, each giving emphasis to the conjunction and. Both worked at the University of Illinois which fostered the close friendship they shared. The Odd Couple, Doris always called them because they couldn’t be more different. Midge was unmarried, a feminist who wore her long, dark skirts and artsy sweaters like a uniform. She was boldly antifashion, or as Doris once whispered behind her palm to Eve, a reverse snob. Secretly everyone in the Book Club admired Midge’s scrubbed, handsome looks, her unmade-up face and nails and her long, striking mane of natural pepper-and-salt that she defied dying and wore as proudly as a flag flapping loose around her straight shoulders.