Talk Before Sleep

Talk Before Sleep

A Novel

Book - 1997
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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 more honest: with outrageous humor they try to mitigate pain. Intimate and uncensored sharing, the kind of connection women prize, 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 and liberation, 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, quilting patterns, child care, delicate and dangerous secrets. Each rests secure in the knowledge that they will be friends forever. Then something happens that will change their lives forever, and 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 uniqueness of personality, Talk Before Sleep is sure to find a place in readers' hearts.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delta Trade Paperbacks, [1997], c1994.
ISBN: 9780385318785
Branch Call Number: FIC Berg
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 21 cm.


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Mar 15, 2015

Very good book, certainly a must read for every woman. Heartfelt and touching with quite a few moments of laughter to balance out all the emotions. I would highly recommend reading it.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

This is a novel of compassion, humour, tenderness, honesty, living and dying, but most of all, of friends. You will want to be part of this group forever.

May 20, 2013

A touching, heart searching, self questioning/reflective read. As always with Elizabeth Berg I found it difficult to put to the book down or even in this case stop thinking about the characters. A wonderful insight into palliative care and grieving.

kake2000_ca Aug 03, 2012

A must read for all women!

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