Before Everything

Before Everything

eBook - 2017
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"A luminous and richly layered novel evoking The Big Chill--the story of a group of lifetime friends who gather together to confront life, love, and now, mortality Before Everything is a celebration of friendship and love between a group of women who have known one another since they were girls. They've faced everything together, from youthful sprees and scrapes to mid-life turning points. Now, as Anna, the group's trailblazer and brightest spark, enters hospice, they gather to do what they've always done--talk and laugh and help each other make choices and plans, this time in Anna's rural Massachusetts home. Helen, Anna's best friend and a celebrated painter, is about to remarry. The others face their own challenges--Caroline with her sister's mental health crisis; Molly with a teenage daughter's rebellion; Ming with her law practice--dilemmas with kids and work and love. Before Everything is as funny as it is bittersweet, as the friends revel in the hilarious mistakes they've seen one another through, the secrets kept and adventures shared. But now all sense of time has shifted, and the pattern of their lives together takes on new meaning. The novel offers a brilliant, emotionally charged portrait, deftly conveying the sweep of time over everyday lives, and showing how even in difficult endings, gifts can unfold. Above all it is an ode to friendship, and to how one person shapes the journeys of those around her"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735222588
0735222584
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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HRNA04
Sep 27, 2017

This book was an a sweet reminder of how to respect other's wishes; but also allows an inside look into the grieving process that occurs between 5 friends when the one dying is still alive. Having a nursing background, I found this book to be a good story of how everyone around the decision maker's choice chooses to deal with the inevitability of death, but also shows how the decision maker's choice was derived, and how determined she was to make this happen on her own terms. Good read.

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Sep 27, 2017

HRNA04 thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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