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Surrender, Dorothyby Meg Wolitzer
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For years, Sara Swerdlow was transported by an unfettered sense of immortality. Floating along on loving friendships and the adoration of her mother, Natalie, Sara's notion of death was entirely alien to her existence. But when a summer night's drive out for ice cream ends in tragedy, thirty-year-old Sara — "held aloft and shimmering for years" — finally lands.
Mining the intricate relationship between love and mourning, acclaimed novelist Meg Wolitzer explores a single, overriding question: who, finally, "owns" the excruciating loss of this young woman — her mother or her closest friends? Depicting the aftermath of Sara's shocking death with piercing humor and shattering realism, Surrender, Dorothy is the luminously thoughtful, deeply moving exploration of what it is to be a mother and a friend, and, above all, what it takes to heal from unthinkable loss.
"There is an appealing delicacy to [Wolitzer's] writing and a skillful exploitation of the almost invisible neuroses of the people who pass through her pages." The New York Times, Richard Bernstein
"[Wolitzer's] seamless prose and light touch animates an exquisitely wrought story about the sudden death of a charming 30-year-old woman....Wolitzer enchants with wholly realized characters and a sly narrative voice." Publishers Weekly
When tragedy occurs, Sara's sense of immortality disappears. Surrender, Dorothy is a lyrical, thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a friend and a mother, what it means to grow up, and, above all, what it takes to heal.
About the Author
Meg Wolitzer's novels include Sleepwalking; This Is Your Life; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife. She lives in New York City.
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