Synopses & Reviews
What happens when you find out something you wish you didnt know? From the critically acclaimed author of Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family
(“Taut, sharp . . . Vibrantly textured” The New York Times Book Review
“Unnervingly delightful” The Miami Herald
), here is a smart, generous novel about two New York City women, the bonds of friendship, and the powerand responsibilityof secrets.
Alice, the proprietor of a chic Madison Avenue resale shop, and Nanny, a Carnegie Hill real-estate broker, have never met before, but they have one thing in common: their best friend Roberta, who has just died of cancer. Roberta has trusted them with her last requestthat together they open her safe-deposit box. What they discover inside compels two very different women to join forces on a journey neither really wants to take.
Wryly observed, and rich with the atmosphere of New York Cityfrom the Gotham salad at Bergdorfs to the “Classic 6” apartment with OPW views (Other Peoples Windows)To My Dearest Friends is a serious book that happens to be funny: a novel of real feeling and real life, about how what we hide from those we love can take us places we never imagined wed go.
"Fans of Volk's critically acclaimed memoir, Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family, will be pleased to find her effortlessly amusing and wise voice behind her accomplished second novel. Alice Vogel, a 62-year-old married Upper West Sider (and proprietress of an Upper East Side boutique), meets, for the first time, Nanny Wunderlich, a 59-year-old widowed therapist-turned-real estate agent, when the two are made co-executrixes of their dead friend Roberta's safe deposit box. In it, they discover a letter from an unnamed lover (Roberta was married) and team up to discover just with whom it was that their dear friend had been clandestinely sleeping. Alice and Nanny's sleuthing is perfunctory, and their voices, in alternating first-person chapters (and some in third person), aren't distinct. But the two are still fully realized New Yorkers, and beyond frequenting Zabar's and the Metropolitan Opera, and using words like 'gazillion' they have real, stinging insights into later life in the big city: 'Charles laughs. If smell had form and color, I would be enveloped in puce haze the size of a hassock,' says Alice of the husband she loves. It's Volk's easy depth that makes this book, perhaps the first piece of empty nest chick lit, a winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the critically acclaimed author of "Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family" comes a smart, generous novel about two New York City women, the bonds of friendship, and the power--and responsibility--of secrets.
About the Author
Patricia Volk is also the author of the novel White Light and two collections of short stories, All It Takes and The Yellow Banana. Her stories, book reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, New York, The New Yorker, Playboy, Redbook, GQ, The Quarterly, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and she was a weekly columnist for New York Newsday. She lives in New York City.