Talk Before Sleep

Talk Before Sleep

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Cautious, conventional Anne shares a deep bond of friendship with the outspoken and eccentric Ruth, building an honest, open relationship that evolves into something deeper when Ruth is diagnosed with cancer

Blackwell North Amer
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 are 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 Ruth is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes; the women begin to share something more profound than either of them might have predicted.
About Talk Before Sleep Joan Gould has said: "Brilliantly funny and brilliantly sad... Elizabeth Berg is one of those rare souls who can play with truths as if swinging across the void from one trapeze to another." Written with an unerring ear for how women talk, laugh, and cry together, and with a gift for capturing the magical uniqueness of personality, Talk Before Sleep is sure to find a place in readers' hearts. The talk is about what matters, and it tells the truth about what women know and can do.

Baker
& Taylor

Cautious, conventional Anne shares a deep bond of friendship with the outspoken and eccentric Ruth, building an honest, open relationship that evolves into something deeper when Ruth is diagnosed with cancer. By the author of Durable Goods. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1994
ISBN: 9780679432999
067943299X
Branch Call Number: FICTION BERG
FICTION BERG
Characteristics: 210 p

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trincm
Mar 15, 2015

Very good book, certainly a must read for every woman. Heartfelt and touching with quite a few moments of laughter to balance out all the emotions. I would highly recommend reading it.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

This is a novel of compassion, humour, tenderness, honesty, living and dying, but most of all, of friends. You will want to be part of this group forever.

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Toonie21
May 20, 2013

A touching, heart searching, self questioning/reflective read. As always with Elizabeth Berg I found it difficult to put to the book down or even in this case stop thinking about the characters. A wonderful insight into palliative care and grieving.

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kake2000_ca
Aug 03, 2012

A must read for all women!

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