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Talk before Sleep: A Novelby Elizabeth Berg
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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. Intimateand 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 asonly 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 tothe 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 haveshared 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 thewomen 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 forcapturing the uniqueness of personality, Talk Before Sleep is sure to find a place in readers' hearts.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Until that moment, I hadn't realized how much I'd been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to."
They met at a party.It was hate at first sight.Ruth was far too beautiful, too flamboyant.Not at all Ann's kind of person.Until a chance encounter in the bathroom led to an alliance of souls.Soon they were sharing hankies during the late showing of "Sophie's Choice," wolfing down sundaes sodden with whipped cream, telling truths of marriage, mortality, and love, secure in a kind of intimacy no man could ever know.Only best friends understand devil's food cake for breakfast when nothing else will do.After years of shared secrets, guilty pleasures, family life and divorce, they face a crisis that redefines the meaning of friendship and unconditional love.
From the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Elizabeth Berg’s novels Open House, The Pull of the Moon, Range of Motion, What We
Keep, Never Change, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along were bestsellers. Durable
Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. Talk Before Sleep was
an ABBY finalist and a New York Times bestseller. In 1997, Berg won the NEBA Award in fiction,
and in 2000 her novel Open House was named an Oprah’s Book Club selection. She lives in
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