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Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg
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May 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fast-easy-read, lit-and-fiction, women-s-lit
Read from May 07 to 10, 2010

This book was surprisingly good, and I say surprisingly because I've always thought Berg was light. Not that this is deep, but it is written with perspective and compassion and feeling without ever getting preachy. So what's it about?
It's about Ruth who is dying of breast cancer, and Ann - who has to watch her slow decline. And it's not black and white, or clear as to who has the roughest time or learns more from the other. And that was the part that I liked the most because it was a reflection of life which is untidy and unexpected, that sometimes we think we know how we'll react, but when the time comes, we're so influenced by the experience that our reactions come out of left field.

It made me wonder how I would personally react if I had terminal cancer. Who would I want around me? Would I be able to maintain a cheerful outlook? Would I lie to people to make them feel better about my death and pain? And who would stick with me through thick and thin?

Any book that can give that kind of food for thought is not half bad, imho.

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