Best Friends by Martha Moody
A Novel

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Martha Moody's national bestseller—a compassionate and tender novel about best friends from college. A testament to the power of female friendship.

When Clare Mann arrives at Oberlin in 1973, she’s never met anyone like Sally Rose. Rich and beautiful, Sally is utterly foreign to a middle-class, Midwestern Protestant like Clare—and utterly fascinating. The fascination only grows when Sally brings her home to L.A. Mr. Rose—charismatic, charming, and owner of a profitable business shrouded in secrey—is nearly as compelling a figure to Clare as he is to his own daughter. California seems like paradise after winters in Ohio. And Clare begins to look forward desperately to these visits, to carefree rides in Sally’s Kharmann Ghia and lazy poolside days.

As the years pass, Clare becomes a doctor and Sally a lawyer, always remaining roommates at heart, a plane ride or phone call away. Marriages and divorces and births and deaths do not separate them. But secrets might—for as Clare watches, the Rose family begins to self-destruct before her eyes. And the things she knows are the kinds of things that no one wants to tell a best friend.


About Martha Moody

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Martha Moody is a physician. Her short story, Like the Arrival of Angels, was a finalist for the Best American Short Stories of 1985. This is her first novel.
Published June 4, 2002 by Riverhead. 500 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Self Help. Fiction

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Though Clare is a free spirit, Sally more reserved and cautious, the two soon become close friends.

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With more editing, this novel might have gained the status and depth found in so many enduring and important novels about the strengths and marvels of women's friendships.

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