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Kathleen and Joyce are both living on Cape Ann. When they meet, they’re both a little lonely and going through some tough times in their lives. Kathleen is facing a breast cancer diagnosis and Joyce has a terrible teenager at home and a mostly-absent husband. They immediately click and become confidantes.
I think it says just about everything you need to know when I write that I really never did get the two names straight in my head. They’re not even that similar but I had to have context before I could think, “Right. Kathleen=cancer, Joyce=family trouble.” The book just felt a little too generic to me. They could be any two women anywhere at just about anytime.
And that may be exactly what the author was going for. Anyone who’s had this kind of deep, soul-baring friendship may immediately recognize it and love the book. I’m too private for that kind of thing. I’m quiet so I don’t have many friends but the ones I do have are truly close friends. I would do anything for them and they would do anything for me. Nobody hears everything though. So this kind of tell-all friendship just leaves me in the dark.
Some women will enjoy this book more than others. I didn’t really connect with it but if you think you will, give it a try.
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