From the author of Willing Spirits--a novel of three women, their deepest longings, and their most profound secrets.
Barbara, Kaye, and Ellen, longtime friends, are inseparable--but each nurtures her own secret. As a widowed mother, Barbara hides her persona as a writer of erotica. Kaye is having an extramarital affair that reawakens her passion but fills her with conflict. Ellen has lost her husband to a younger woman who is now pregnant--a painful blow, since Ellen and her husband were never able to conceive. But she is not childless...
Ellen is still haunted by the memory of the baby girl she had at sixteen and was forced to relinquish at birth. Estranged from her family, Ellen realizes that if she is ever to find her lost daughter--now a grown woman herself--she will have to confront her shame and rely on her dearest friends.
As they navigate midlife in Manhattan, 50-somethings Kaye, Barbara and Ellen are not shrinking violets: Kaye, her children grown, is having an affair; Barbara, widowed with an empty nest, writes erotic novels under a pen name; and Ellen, whose husband has left their childless marriage, must watch him start a new family with a much younger woman--while bearing a secret. The three rely on each other, but Kaye and Barbara have kept the affair and erotica secret, and Ellen's own secret, long held, is only now about to surface: she gave birth at 16 and was forced by her family to give her daughter up for adoption. As Barbara and Kaye accompany Ellen to her father's funeral, none can guess the cascade of revelations that will rock all of their lives. Schieber (Willing Spirits) never falls back on easy answers or convenient outcomes; with patience and sensitivity, she illuminates the three women's choices and their friendship. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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June 30, 2008
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