Synopsis : Kate and Tully meet as girls in the glittering, disco seventies and make a pact to be best friends forever. It is a vow that holds true, creating a friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives…until one fateful day when a shocking betrayal rips them apart. [via]
Review - Alternately reducing you to tears and laughter, this is a wonderful story of friendship and life as seen thru the eyes of two women who've been lifelong friends.
It's not an easy story by any means. Hannah shows life (and friendship) as it is - not just full of roses, but with the adherent thorns as well. The music, fads, fashion, language, hairstyle, clothes - everything rings true of the era in which we see our protagonists, whether it's the discoing seventies, the polyester eighties, or the sleeker nineties. It also tracks the ever changing face of the Pacific Northwest.
Towards the end, the book address a serious topic about women's health - viz, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, the little known cancerous sibling of the infamous lump form of breast cancer. I'd never heard of IBC, and I imagine, there are many other women like me out there. If you like women's fiction, this book will demand you make space for it on your keeper shelf. Even if you don't, I'd recommend you read it just because of the IBC info contained within.
The friendship, the courage, the complex mother-daughter relationships and oh-so many other factors make this one of the most meaningful and a favorite read to start off this New Year.
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