Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg

I have been blessed by my friend Judy's friendship for nearly forty years.  When we are visiting one another we will either lay in bed and visit before going sleep or when we wake up in the morning.  I love this time with my friend.  We talk about anything and everything: life's challenges, our dreams, our desires, and sometimes about nothing at all.  You know, the dress Angelina wore at a premier, American Idol contestants, the weather, etc.  It is a precious time with a dear friend and I cherish each moment with her.  In three words it is "Talk Before Sleep".

In this novel, Elizabeth Berg does an amazing job giving us a view into a friendship of two best friends.  Ruth is dying from breast cancer and Ann is constantly by her side.  You get a true sense of what it is like traveling this road from both women's perspective; the person dying and the one left behind, it is so difficult for both to face life and death without the other.  This novel is wrought with emotion; deep despair, fear, hope, laughter, and above all love. 

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
"Until that moment, I hadn't realized how much I'd been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to."
They met at a party.  It was hate at first sight.  Ruth was far too beautiful, too flamboyant.  Not at all Ann's kind of person.  Until a chance encounter in the bathroom led to an alliance of souls.  Soon they were sharing hankies during the late showing of "Sophie's Choice," wolfing down sundaes sodden with whipped cream, telling truths of marriage, mortality, and love, secure in a kind of intimacy no man could ever know.  Only best friends understand devil's food cake for breakfast when nothing else will do.  After years of shared secrets, guilty pleasures, family life and divorce, they face a crisis that redefines the meaning of friendship and unconditional love.

RATING - 4 STARS  I Loved It!

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