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The False Friend (Large Print) (Platinum Readers Circle)by Myla Goldberg
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From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . .
Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after-noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.
The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia's unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they've been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.
Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don't believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can't blind him to all that contra-dicts Celia's version of the past.
Celia's desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become--leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.
From the Hardcover edition.
As children, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their schoolgirl followers. One afternoon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia has blocked out the actual events of that day. The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted. But Celia's sub-conscious knows and has rendered her unable to move forward in her relationship with her boyfriend, Huck.
When at last the memories come crashing down around Celia, she returns to her hometown to confess, but no one believes her. Huck wants to be supportive, but even his love can't blind him to all that contradicts Celia's version of the past. Uncovering the truth will have powerful consequences in this deeply resonant and emotionally charged story in which bestselling author Myla Goldberg explores the adults that children become, the truths that we accept or reject, and the lies to which we succumb.
Twenty years after her best friend and rival Djuna disappears under circumstances Celia has only recently remembered, Celia unconsciously sabotages a relationship and returns to her hometown to confess her role in what happened. (general fiction). By the best-selling author of
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