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The story of our lives, Helen Warner

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The story of our lives
Title
The story of our lives
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Helen Warner
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life's triumphs and tragedies. Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything--from Sophie's private fear that she doesn't actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy's perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa's spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily's son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?
Review
  • Amy, Sophie, Melissa, and Emily have been best friends since childhood. They have seen each other through the milestones of marriages, births, and more. They support one another through the hardships as well, but not without putting strain on their friendships. When Amy’s pristine marriage cracks, Sophie has parenting fears, Melissa has an alcoholic breakdown, and Emily’s son’s paternity is questioned, each woman must come to grips with her own issue either with, or in some cases, without, the support of each other, as some secrets are too deep to forgive. Warner uses a realistic tone in this debut novel, and she keeps the pages turning without being bogged down by minutiae. Over the course of 20 years, each secret is revealed, but Warner leaves the deepest one until the very end. With a story full of lies, betrayals, deception, and infidelity, readers won’t be able to get enough of this story, particularly the final revelation and conclusion. This book will be at home in public libraries where women’s fiction with a focus on female friendships is popular. -- Holt, Erin (Reviewed 2/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 11, p29)
  • Sophie, Emily, Amy, and Melissa were best friends at university in England, and remain best friends. They are friends when Sophie meets Steve in their first year, when Emily becomes pregnant and a single mother, when Amy meets the man of her dreams. Almost every year, they come back together again to catch up on the high points of their lives. They practice tough love and kick Melissa out when she's addicted to coke and alcohol. They kidnap Amy to rescue her and her children from an abusive marriage. Through weddings, births, careers, and 20 more years, they struggle but remain best friends. The one secret that can tear them apart is the identity of the man who fathered Emily's son. VERDICT Told year by year for 20 years, Warner's (With or Without You) character-driven novel follows the growth of four women. The characters are realistic and well developed, flawed, and easy to distinguish. The intense portrayal of modern life, women's friendships and problems may satisfy fans of Debbie Macomber or Alice Adams's Invincible Summer. --Lesa Holstine (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 1, p94)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10624202
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BTCTA
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Warner, Helen
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6123.A756
LC item number
S76 2018
Literary form
novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Female friendship
  • Secrecy
  • Family secrets
  • Best friends
Target audience
adult
Label
The story of our lives, Helen Warner
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Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
426 pages
Isbn
9781525820830
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 992742241
  • (OCoLC)992742241
Label
The story of our lives, Helen Warner
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
426 pages
Isbn
9781525820830
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 992742241
  • (OCoLC)992742241

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