A powerful new novel about life and love by Rona Jaffe, the internationally bestselling author The New York Times Book Review hails as "a minor genius."
For over five decades, Rona Jaffe has captivated readers with her "deft, irresistible storytelling" (Los Angeles Times). Now this masterful author, whose books have sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, takes us through a season of friendship, discovery, betrayal, and love to tell a story of four friends and the events that shaped their futures.
Leigh, Cady, Vanessa, and Susan meet when they become roommates in a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. New York in 1963 is a place of magical enchantment and infinite possibilities, especially when you're young and eager for the adventure a big city offers. Even being crammed together in a single bedroom with a kitchen too small to accommodate a table and chairs can't diminish their high spirits. A casting assistant at a talent company, Leigh is the level-headed one, the calm at the center of the whirlwind that is their lives. Cady is a prep-school teacher, emotional, passionate, and ready for love. Vanessa, a stewardess, craves her independence above all else. Susan is the wild card. Mercurial and unconventional, she makes a decision that will have far-reaching consequences in her life-and in the lives, through the years, of the others.
Sleeping and dreaming side by side, Leigh, Cady, Vanessa, and Susan could not know the decisions they made in 1963 would be challenged later, not only because they had been young when they made them, but because the world itself was going to change around them. And then, of course, there were the events in their young lives that no one could control...the events that changed everything.
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Rona Jaffe is the New York Times bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed novels The Road Taken, The Cousins, Family Secrets, and Five Women, as well as the classic bestsellers Class Reunion and The Best of Everything. She is the founder of the Rona Jaffe Foundation, which presents a national literary award to promising female writers.From AudioFile:
Spanning decades in the lives of three women, this ambitiousnovel starts out with promise: Leigh, Cady, and Vanessa begin theirfriendship in 1963 as New York City roommates. The listener becomesfamiliar with each woman's dreams, ambitions, and flaws as the plotunfolds, especially when it comes to the love lives of three verydifferent personalities. As the years pass, the women pursue careersand men with varying results; however, they do little more thanthat. Even though Deborah Hall spends ample time with each character,each one remains a two-dimensional figure that partakes in clichéd,wooden dialogue and makes the same motions repeatedly. Hall offersadequate narration, although she, too, becomes a bit clichéd in herrendition of the women's voices. (The flight attendant sounds breathyand helpless, for example.).This novel is an easy listen and a fairdiversion, but that's about it. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2003,Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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