General FictionLarge Print EditionA must purchase for all public libraries. Booklist* A New York Times Bestseller* A Literary Guild Main Selection* A Doubleday Book Club Main SelectionMargaret Crane has been the perfect wife, mother and teacher for nearly two decades. The Cranes were, in fact, the quintessentially happy, middle-class family. But when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, the fabric of Margarets life and that of her children is shattered. Emotionally distraught and fragile herself, Margaret must find a way to guide her children through the destuction of their family.
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From the bestselling author of The Carousel and Daybreak comes a stirring, timely story of adultery and its impact on the American family.
Margaret and Adam Crane seem to have a near perfect life--she's a teacher, he's a computer executive, and together they are lovingly raising their own children and Margaret's orphaned niece. Then one day the phone rings--and suddenly everything changes forever as a woman from Adam's university days reappears in his life, and an old affair re-ignites. At the same time, there are problems in Adam's workplace--a possible takeover and downsizing. The reverberations from these two circumstances will touch many lives and bring with them changes that no one could have predicted.
In Promises, Belva Plain--as only she can do--depicts the fraying fabric of family life in the wake of extramarital affairs, while at the same time celebrating the importance of strong and nurturing family values. Dramatic, compelling, and always exciting, Belva Plain's storytelling talents confirm her standing as the foremost chronicler of family life today.From the Inside Flap:
With her three children, beautiful home, and loving husband, Margaret Crane is a woman others would envy. Adam's job has cushioned them nicely over the years, and it should be a time of contentment, rewards, of new challenges together. But lately Adam has been working too late, too hard, at the office. Margaret is sure it's just the rumored takeover of his company--until she meets Randi, The Other Woman...
Meanwhile, Nina, the orphaned cousin the Cranes raised as their own daughter, is reveling in New York. She thinks she's found Mr. Right in Keith, a brilliant investment banker. But Keith has a secret he has not shared with Nina. All he asks for is time...and patience. And as Nina clings to stolen weekends with Keith, Margaret plays dutiful wife, trying to ignore warning signs of her own failing marriage. A rift has developed between the two women who have loved each other as mother, daughter, friends. Keith is not welcome in Margaret's home. And Nina herself is the other woman...
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