Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wow, it's November already? And time for WOW at Breaking the Spine ~"Waiting on Wednesday" where we talk about the books that are to be released that we can't wait to read. This week I found a book that looked good when I was reading reviews
in the Publishers Weekly at work.
I get some many good idea's to add to my wishlist when I visit the other bloggers.
The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friend
Lisa Verge Higgins, Grand Central/5 Spot, $13.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-446-56351-2
Higgins's (Heaven in His Arms) life-affirming novel reduces a fearless foursome to three when the adventurous Rachel Braun dies of cancer at 38. Though Rachel kept her diagnosis a secret from her friends, she wrote each a challenge to be read after her death. Kate Jansen, a married homemaker with three children, is told to skydive ("you're overwhelmed by your life," Rachel writes). In Rachel's view, globe-trotting Doctors Without Borders nurse Sarah Pollard is blinded to love in her grief over her ex: "You need to win him back, or finally say good-bye." But it's Bobbie "Jo" Marcum, a single, commitment-phobic businesswoman, of whom Rachel makes the greatest request, by leaving her custody of her seven-year-old daughter: "Take Grace." Large and small, their decisions affect them all in transformative ways, as when Kate accompanies Sarah to find her ex, now a doctor living in India. Higgins's romantic tendencies (she's penned several romance novels) inform the proceedings; with her mainstream debut, she creates a happy reminder that life is all about taking risks. (Jan.) ship