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Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg
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Apr 21, 08

Read in April, 2008

In this heartbreaking novel about love and letting go, Ann chronicles the powerful story of her best friend Ruth's struggle with breast cancer: from diagnosis, to denial, to fear, and finally to acceptance, as well as sharing her own experience in coping with the tragic truth and nurturing her friend as best as she can. The author superbly captures the female experience, both in the dialogue and actions of the characters. All of her characters are realistic and so easy to relate to, and she really understands the special connection and intimacy that women feel for one another. Sarah, is the realistic friend who takes care of the "business," such as helping Ruth pick out a cemetary plot. LD is the tough, positive friend who refuses to allow Ruth to give up hope, and finally, Helen is Ruth's childhood friend, who knows Ruth like she knows herself. While the decline of Ruth's health is central to the story, this is not merely a testament of survival and death. The heart of the novel is a celebration of the wonderful friendships that women share. I would recommend this to all women who appreciate the value of female friendship, and especially those who are dealing with or have dealt with cancer or terminal illness.
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