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Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

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Dear Lily . . .

At age thirty-four, Lily Brown has her life just the way she likes it. And whats not to like? Shes got a great job as an advice columnist for the local newspaper, an adorable four-year-old son, and an ex-husband, Teddy, who still thinks shes wonderful. She even lives in the same beach house where she grew up, with a great view of Long Island Sound and plenty of beach roses to smell.

So what if she wont let herself date anyone until she finds a new girlfriend for Teddy, who happens to still be hung up on her? So what if she hasnt changed a thing in her parents house, even twelve years after their tragic deaths? So what if its been ten years since shes heard from her younger sister, Dana, who stormed out of the house in a rage when she was a teenager? Lily is fine.

But its funny how life has a way of upsetting even the most perfectly laid-out plans, and when one night Lily finds herself painting ghastly orange highlights into her lovely auburn hair, even she suspects that shes been in something of a rut. And then, when her long-lost little sister shows up, bringing with her the fun and drama and hell-raising spontaneity Lily has missed, her life suddenly takes a turn for the unexpected.

To Lilys chagrin, Danas energy seems to enthrall everyone, especially Teddy. As the tension between the sisters escalates, Dana reveals decades-old family secrets that shes been burdened with all these years, and Dear Lily must heed her own advice about accepting lifes messiness and chaos.

With her trademark blend of sparkling wit and characters you cant forget, Sandi Kahn Shelton tells a compelling and universal story of two sisters who learn what they need to let go of, and what they have to hold on to as tightly as they can.

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Shelton pens an uniquely compelling and universal story of two sisters who reunite after eight years of tension and family secrets.

About the Author

Sandi Kahn Shelton is the author of What Comes After Crazy and a feature writer for the New Haven Register. A former “Wits End” columnist for Working Mother magazine, she is a frequent contributor to several magazines, including Womans Day, Family Circle, Redbook, and Salon. The author of three previous books on parenting, she is a mother of three and lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her journalist husband.

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Shelton, Sandi Kahn
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Divorced women
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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