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 are 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 Ruth is diagnosed with cancer, and
everything changes; the women begin to share something more
profound than either of them might have predicted. About Talk
Before Sleep Joan Gould has said: "Brilliantly funny and
brilliantly sad... Elizabeth Berg is one of those rare souls who
can play with truths as if swinging across the void from one
trapeze to another." Written with an unerring ear for how women
talk, laugh, and cry together, and with a gift for capturing the
magical uniqueness of personality, Talk Before Sleep is sure to
find a place in readers' hearts. The talk is about what matters,
and it tells the truth about what women know and can do.
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||198 x 137 x 19mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Library binding
||Turtleback School & Library ed.
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