The Resource Talk before sleep : a novel, Elizabeth Berg

Talk before sleep : a novel, Elizabeth Berg

Label
Talk before sleep : a novel
Title
Talk before sleep
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Berg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What do women talk about when they know they don't have forever? They talk about what they have always talked about, only they go deeper and are more honest; with outrageous humor they try to mitigate pain. Intimate and uncensored sharing, the kind of connection women prize, is at the heart of this deeply moving novel about the grit and power of female friends. Ann and Ruth have always talked as only great friends can - honestly, and about everything: husbands and marriages, sex lives and children, their work, their hopes, their disappointments, and their dreams. For Ann, cautious and conventional, her closeness to the outspoken and eccentric Ruth brings about discovery and liberation, a chance to say whatever she wants, and, most important, under the insistent tutelage of Ruth, to become herself. Over the years, the women have shared recipes, quilting patterns, child care, delicate and dangerous secrets. Each rests secure in the knowledge that they will be friends forever. Then Ruth is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes; the women begin to share something more profound than either of them might have predicted..
Summary
The gripping story of a woman dying from cancer. The narrator is Ann Stanley, an unhappily married nurse. All the more reason for her to admire Ruth Thomas who leaves her husband, even though it means leaving her son, too. A bond develops between the two and when Ruth is struck with cancer Ann helps her die, the process described in minute detail. By the author of Durable Goods
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
015252
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berg, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
570
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cancer
  • Friendship
  • Women
Target audience
adult
Label
Talk before sleep : a novel, Elizabeth Berg
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780345491251
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780345491251
Label
Talk before sleep : a novel, Elizabeth Berg
Publication
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780345491251
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780345491251

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