Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg
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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 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 something happens that will change their lives forever, and the women begin to share something more profound than either of them might have predicted.

Written with an unerring ear for how women talk, laugh, and cry together, and with a gift for capturing the uniqueness of personality, Talk Before Sleep is sure to find a place in readers' hearts.

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About Elizabeth Berg

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Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah's Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of Pleasures, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. She lives near Chicago.
Published February 23, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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 Berg (Durable Goods, 1993) offers a sappy tale about a woman witnessing the death of her friend from breast cancer.

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Because it is rendered with such clarity, authority and feeling, Berg's novel may cause readers to forget that this story of a woman's death from cancer is fiction. Berg's ( Durable Goods ) depiction

Apr 04 1994 | Read Full Review of Talk Before Sleep: A Novel

Spirituality & Practice

In the opening pages of Elizabeth Berg's novel Talk Before Sleep Ann, a middle-aged former nurse, muses on a scene from her childhood when she watched her mother hanging up sheets on the clothesline "insisting that they stay anchored in one place while they pulled and yanked to be free, their wet...

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Throughout the novel, Ann learns about her life through her relationship with Ruth, how her own need for family and home is greater than the freedom and solitude she often envies in Ruth's life.

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