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Kami adalah empat wanita dengan usia, tinggi, dan berat badan beragam. Persamaan kami adalah kami semua tinggal di Grand Avenue, menikah dengan pria-pria ambisius dan sukses, dan masing-masing memiliki anak perempuan yang usianya sekitar dua tahun.

Salah satu dari kami ternyata bukan sahabat sejati, tapi saat itu kami tidak tahu.

Dan kami pun tak pernah menyangka bahwa 23 ta
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Paperback, 474 pages
Published 2005 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 2001)
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Becky
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me a little bit of Mary Higgins Clark, and in a good way! I really enjoyed reading this book, in fact I found it hard to put down. It contained all of the elements that I feel like really makes a book good - friendship, unique characters who aren't above all the normal "life" problems all of us have, a little bit of romance, murder, some violence...just a great, well-written book.

I like the ending, I felt like it was the perfect way to end all of the women's stories. However,
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Leanna
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Fielding book and I am hooked! What an incredible sociological study of everyday housewives, friends, mothers, daughters and career women. This story follows the lives of four friends over 23 years. Their lives are freckled with events of sexual harassment, domestic abuse, murder, and sexual discovery. All the while they try to maintain a brave face and keep the seams of motherhood and marriage tied close together. I was amazed by the insecurities that were conveyed by each woman's narr ...more
Laurel
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is an oldie but a I-can't-believe-I-never-read this treasure published in 2001. I know Joy Fielding, of course, from the Bridget Jones books, but I had never read her other work until this.

Grand Avenue is a friendship story, who doesn't love those? Four young women each with a two year old daughter meet in the park on Grand Avenue and become lifelong friends who called themselves "The Grand Dames". The aspect of this book I found so remarkable is the exquisite plotting which reaches ou
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Gosia
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't more surprised after reading any other book. when you actually start reading this, you just can't get over, and it's story to read in one night. those jumps in time are sometimes confusing, but it's good written, and oh my gosh - that twist in the end.. i mean, those twistes, they were more. i was thinking that there would be happy ending - thank you mrs Fielding for surprising me.
Suzanne
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always the quiet ones, people say.
4 women who live on Grand Avenue become friends when their children were little. They met in the park in that neighborhood. They had parties together, chatted about everything and just enjoyed each other's company. Their husbands got along with each other. But, everyone had a secret. Yes, they chatted about almost everything but one woman had a secret she wouldn't tell anybody. So, when one of the husbands thought the other 3 women knew about the secret, he
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Sharon Joag
"Grand Avenue" by Joy Fielding was definitely not one of my favorite books. It took me weeks to get through it, which is very unlike my nature when it comes to Joy Fielding's works. Usually her stories are quite gripping and suspense-filled, but I was just annoyed and repulsed with Tony, one of the characters in the book, until almost 3/4 of the way through it.
Then, finally at the very end, the story started to get interesting, but it just fizzled out in the end, and I didn't quite like her end
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Rebecca
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book overall. It started out as a random meeting at the playground...4 women with 4 daughters close to the same age, all living on Grand Avenue. They bond and stick together through the years, through the good and the bad, and through the secrets they each have that come to light towards the end. One of them is horribly murdered, by someone you would not expect, and the result tears the friendship apart. Be forewarned, this book is also disturbing as it deals with domestic viole ...more
Henni
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maria
Bag på denne bog er det er trykt: "advarsel! denne bog er umulig at lægge fra sig!"
De har ret - jeg læste den samme dag jeg købte den - kun afbrudt af en fodboldkamp, bogen var derved skyld i at jeg kun fik 4 timers søvn den nat, men det var det værd.

Det er en rigtig god bog om fire kvinder, og deres yderst forskellige liv, efter at de tilfælding mødes en dag og bliver veninder igennem de næste mange år.

Det er helt sikkert ikke den sidste bog jeg læser af Joy Fielding.
Dorota
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Makes me want to read it in English, even though I already know the plot and its outcome. The twists and turns are anything but predictable. Definitely a nice read.
Debbie
Jun 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how Fielding intertwined the lives of four very different women, but was upset with the prologue giving away huge details for the ending.
Cory
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auf eines kann man sich bei Joy Fielding immer verlassen: Die Geschichten sind spannend, unterhaltsam und kurzweilig. Wenn ich Bock auf ein Buch habe und keine bösen Überraschungen erleben will, greife ich meistens zu einem ihrer Romane :) Und auch diesmal wurde ich nicht enttäuscht - "Nur wenn du mich liebst" war durchweg spannend, ich habe beim Lesen einige Male an meiner eigenen Urteilsfähigkeit gezweifelt und das Ende war zwar nicht völlig überraschend, aber dennoch zufriedenstellend. Der Su ...more
Danielle C.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book! I guess no surprise as I love Joy Fielding - but this was different than her other books by a long shot! I loved how it was written, and as always, loved the character development. Even though there were a lot, they were so connectable and interesting, I just wanted to keep reading. The suspense was a bit disappointing as I had guessed what happened, but I could see how it could fool many. Can't say enough good things about this book! Probably one of my favorites by ...more
Yvette Poulin
Superb.
Elusive Controversé
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
‘Grand Avenue’ weaves a heartwrenching story about four women – Barbara, Chris, Susan and Vicki who are inseparable friends despite being different from one another. Each of them has their own set of problems and insecurities. One of them (her identity is not revealed until the very end) reminisces about their first meeting which took place twenty-three years ago and the subsequent series of events which changed their lives forever.

In the beginning, I found it a little hard to be fully engrossed
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Liza
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het is vooral een triest boek, het verhaal van 4 vriendinnen waarvan er uiteindelijk 1 wordt vermoord door haar eigen gestoorde dochter die vrijkomt door de verdediging van een van de andere vriendinnen die advocate is. Hierdoor komt er een radicaal einde aan de vriendschap.
Jules
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Es gibt ja dieses berüchtigte Literaturgenre namens “Starke Frauen”. Ihr wisst Bescheid – die Protagonistin ist zwar tough in jeder Hinsicht, findet sich aber trotzdem zu fett und sinkt zum Happy End schmachtend in die Arme von Prinz Charming. Bei diesem Buch läuft das alles ein bisschen anders – alle Protagonistinnen hatten bei der Männerwahl kein so glückliches Händchen und leiden mehr oder weniger unter ihren Partnern. Sie nehmen ihr Leben nicht oder nur sehr zögerlich selbst in die Hand, sin ...more
Shyla
Nov 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: depressing
I picked this book up on a whim from our "shared" book shelf in the break room at my work. I had never read Joy Fielding but had heard of her so figured I would give it a go thinking it would be a fun, easy chick lit kind of fast read about good friends. I like these kind of books every now and then. Hmmm, this is soooo not that book.

There was not one redeeming character in the whole story. Every character was tragically flawed and in ways that in no way made them romantic or sympathetic, more l
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Priyam Gopani
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books by Joy Fielding, Grand Avenue is an absolute treat. It has all the elements of a good book. Interconnected stories, deep narratives, good characters sketches, ample twists and turns, and a great climax.

The story is about four friends and their personal lives connected into a larger picture. The humor is short-lived but fun while it lasts. The friendship is so well explored, it even is a little emotional for me toward the end. The story tells us right in the beginning that
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Mandarynka
Contrary to what the title suggests, this book is not another "Sex in the city", but rather "Desperate Housewives" only even more dramatic. From the first pages we know that one of the characters will be murdered.

What we have here are the stories of four women interwoven to give the reader the deepest insight into their work, family and intimate life. We can observe how marriages become nightmares, hopes turn to catastrophes, dreams lose the chance to come true and happiness falls slowly to piec
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Weni
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Buku ini berkisah tentang persahabatan 4 orang perempuan yang tinggal di Grand Avenue: Susan, Chris, Barbara dan Vicky. Mereka bersahabat sejak anak mereka masih kecil hingga dewasa. Dua dari mereka meninggal dunia, salah satunya dibunuh dengan kejam.

Ceritanya biasa saja menurut saya, tidak ada yang istimewa. Tapi persahabatan antara 4 perempuan mengingatkan saya pada saya dan sahabat-sahabat saya. Entah kenapa angkanya selalu 4 :)

4 ketika SMA: sebenarnya kami berlima, tapi salah seorang dari ka
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Jennifer
I could not agree more with the previous poster who stated the beginning of the book doesn't match the end.



This books story line was ridiculous - it was random story lines and the climax of the book (if I can even call it that) came near the end and turned the storyline into a WHOLE different topic??? WTH? Made no sense. The story line that you think is the basis of the book just ***POOF*** practically disappears. The ending has so little to do with the beginning and end. It is like Joy Fielding
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Rahmadiyanti
Awalnya nggak tertarik lihat buku ini. Eh, lagi dijual murah. Penasaran aja mau coba beli satu judul. Lahh, ternyata asyik juga, langsung deh beli 3-3nya (yang diterjemahin emang baru 3 judul ini). Yang ini berkisah persahabatan 4 orang istri-istri, dengan beragam latar belakang, beragam karakter, beragam profesi. Di kemudian hari ada sebuah kejadian yang menguji persahabatan mereka, dan satu orang yang berkhianat.

Wah, Joy Fielding "pencerita" ulung. Saya baca novel setebal 400 halaman ini sekal
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Christie
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Christie by: Melissa Klinger
This book is about four young women who live on Cincinnati's Grand Avenue, who by chance become fast friends after meeting in the neighborhood park. Barbara is a regal ex-beauty queen whose focus on her appearance exposes her inner emptiness. Vicki is intense and driven; her energy and savvy propel her legal career past those she has hurt along the way. Practical and steady Susan makes a career as a spokesperson against sexual harassment after unfairly losing her job. And Chris is on the fringe ...more
Louise
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I can just never say enough about this author. Her books are compelling page-turners!!

"Looking back, it seemed like paradise; lives filled with the blessings of friendship, marriage, children, and career. For twenty years, four friends-Chris, Barbara, Susan and Vicki-shared everything and faced the challenges of life and love head on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the strange twists of fate and circumstance. Now, she must sift through the past to discover exactly what went wrong, how dreams turn
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Saskia
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vriendinnen tot in de dood is mijn eerste Joy Fielding, maar zeker niet mijn laatste! My goodness, wat een fan-tas-tisch steengoed boek! Zijn alle boeken van Joy zo boeiend geschreven? Ik zou willen, dat ik iedere week zo'n boek las, zég! Het boek gaat over 4 vriendinnen met ieder hun eigen problemen die ze met elkaar delen, waardoor ik even dacht in een chicklit verzeild te zijn. Toch voel je op iedere bladzijde heel sterk het beklemmende broeïerige sfeertje en heeft het boek ook zeker diepgang ...more
Sophie
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I"ve been recently introduced to Joy Fielding's writing & found "Grand Avenue" an utterly compelling read about four women's interwoven relationships over the span of 23 years...plus it deals with domestic abuse, female rights, sexuality & families struggling with everyday realities. Plus a murder!

Her characters are well developed & immediately draws you in to their convulated & fascinating lives. I found this book a bit grim at times due to it's subject matter that deals w/ the
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Maria Elmvang
Jun 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Henni
I went into this book thinking it would be something The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney (which I LOVE), and I think that's why I ended up being somewhat disappointed by it. The Saving Graces is a heartwarming, life-reaffirming novel about friendship, Grand Avenue... not so much.

From the very beginning you know that it's going to end badly, but not how or why, which makes for discomforting reading. The label on the back says, "Warning! You won't be able to put this book down till the last page
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Celticoracle
This was an extremely hard book to put down - it sure cost me a lot of sleep until I finished it.

I had a really strange reaction to Grand Avenue; there were a number of parts of it that I really didn't like, but yet I was compelled to keep reading (and not because I had to read it for my book club) - really the first time that's ever happened to me. There was also a very nice twist towards the end.

I'm fairly certain I won't go back and read this again, but I'm not at all sorry I read it to begi
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Voitaray
NO. NO. No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOOOOOOO! Zero. Okay, I listen to recorded books most of the day while I paint. Apparently your average CD player is not up to the task. I'm burning out one after another. So, sometimes I have to get tapes. Usually there's not much of a selection at the library so I'll just grab anything I'm not familiar with. Enter Joy Fielding, Grand Avenue. This did not present as a likely fave but, good God Almightly, I was not prepared for anything so ...more
Tory
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If life is choices we make, as my mother once told me, then too much of life is spent bemoaning these choices. Too much time is wasted on regret. We can do nothing with the past but acknowledge and accept it. It is over. Done with. It is gone.”

This isn’t so much the sort of book that I would usually think is great, but I have to say that it is because it evoked great emotion in me. It made me sad, happy, indignant, hopeful, even amazed.

I wasn’t especially fond of the characters, but even so, I
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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“Wenn das Leben die Summe der Entscheidungen ist, die wir treffen, [...] dann verbringen wir zu viel Zeit unseres Lebens damit, diese Entscheidungen zu bedauern. Zu viel Zeit wird mit Bedauern verschwendet. Dabei können wir die Vergangenheit nur zur Kenntnis nehmen und akzeptieren. Sie ist vorbei und vorüber. [...] Wer sagt, dass das Leben einen Sinn ergeben muss? Dass es uns Erklärungen schuldet? Vielleicht gibt es so etwas wie Gerechtigkeit nicht. Vielleicht wird es nie Frieden oder auch nur eine Erklärung geben. Doch es gibt Hoffnung [...]. Und es gibt Liebe.” 0 likes
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