To My Dearest Friends by Patricia Volk

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Alice and Nanny have never met before, but they have one thing in common: their late friend Roberta. Alice is the prim proprietor of a chic Madison Avenue shop, while Nanny is a sharp-eyed Manhattan real-estate broker. This New York odd couple is thrown together when Roberta trusts them with her last request—that together they open her safe-deposit box. What they find inside compels these women to address a surprising truth about their beloved Roberta. A profound yet hilarious novel, To My Dearest Friends is the story of two women and a journey of friendship neither chose to take.

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About Patricia Volk

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Patricia Volk is the author of the memoir Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family and four works of fiction. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Playboy. She lives in New York City.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: New York, NY
Published April 17, 2007 by Vintage. 210 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The letter is a transparent plot device that Volk (Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family, 2001, etc.) uses to bind her Jewish odd couple and create suspense while exploring their family relations, Nanny with her dead husband and beautiful unmarried daughter, Alice with her infirm mother and ...

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Two 60-ish New York women — Alice, aloof and self-contained, and Nanny, casual and effusive — meet when their recently deceased friend, Roberta, entrusts them with the key to a safe-deposit box and a note that says, “You’ll know what to do.” In the vault, the women discover a steamy letter to Rob...

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Alice Vogel, a 62-year-old married Upper West Sider (and proprietress of an Upper East Side boutique), meets, for the first time, Nanny Wunderlich, a 59-year-old widowed therapist-turned-real estate agent, when the two are made co-executrixes of their dead friend Roberta's safe deposit box.

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Ping-ponging between the two women's points of view, we eavesdrop on their thoughts, watch them spar ("I was her best friend," says Alice.

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