Grand Avenue by Joy Fielding

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For four women, the bonds of friendship had sustained them for twenty years -- through marriage, motherhood, and murder.... 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 through good times and bad, and faced the challenges of life and love head-on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the strange twists and turns of fate and circumstance. Now, she must sift through each of their pasts to discover exactly what went wrong, how dreams turned to nightmares as friendships faded and lives were destroyed. Chris lived a contented life in her modest house with her growing family. It was her husband who never seemed satisfied -- and who expected her to sacrifice her happiness to cater to his whims. Barbara prided herself on staying beautiful for her handsome professor husband. But it wasn't enough to keep him from dallying with his nubile young students. Susan finished college after motherhood and became a successful magazine editor. But a casual flirtation threatened to shatter the harmonious life she had worked so hard to build. Vicki's achievements as a stellar and sought-after trial lawyer came at a huge personal price: a marriage and family that always took second place. Going deep inside the minds and hearts of her utterly believable characters, Joy Fielding unlocks the secrets hidden within even the closest relationships. This powerful and mesmerizing novel explores the bonds women forge, the nature of friendship, and the meaning of unconditional love.

About Joy Fielding

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Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of The First Time, Don't Cry Now, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach. Visit her Web site at
Published January 1, 2001 by Atria Books. 400 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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As the vicissitudes of their lives toss them from happiness to misery and back, their four daughters are growing into very different young woman themselves, often growing away from their mothers.

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Bestselling author Fielding (The First Time) takes a trip down memory lane in this romantic drama with a thriller twist at the end.

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The "Grand Dames" have lived on GRAND AVENUE in Mariemont, an upscale Cincinnati superb, for two decades.

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