Talk Before Sleep

Talk Before Sleep

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What do women talk about when they know they don't have forever? They talk about what they have always talked about, only they go deeper and are more honest; with outrageous humour they try to mitigate pain. Intimate and uncensored sharing is at the heart of this deeply moving novel about the grit and power of female friends. Ann and Ruth have always talked as only great friends can - honestly, and about everything- husbands and marriages, sex lives and children, their work, their hopes, their disappointments, and their dreams. For Ann, cautious and conventional, her closeness to the outspoken and eccentric Ruth brings about discovery, a chance to say whatever she wants, and, most important, under the insistent tutelage of Ruth, to become herself. Over the years, the women have shared recipes, child care, delicate and dangerous secrets and each rests secure in the knowledge that they will be friends forever. Then Ruth is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes; the women begin to share something more profound than either of them might have predicted. Written with an unerring ear for how women talk, laugh, and cry together, and with a gift for capturing the magical unishow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552997250
  • 9780552997256

About Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of two highly praised works of fiction, Durable Goods and Talk Before Sleep. Both her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such publications as Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, The New York Times Magazine, Parent, and New Woman, and she has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two more

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