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The False Friend
by Myla Goldberg

Published: 2010-10-05
Hardcover : 272 pages
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From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two  eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . .

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned ...
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(From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two  eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . .

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia's unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they?ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don?t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can?t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia's version of the past.

Celia's desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become?leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.

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  "Don't Bother!"by PECHEMAN (see profile) 04/28/11

Although it had an okay basis for the storyline, the book was pointless and went nowhere. There was a major disconnect between Celias boyfriend and the whole story I believe. Although a quick read, not... (read more)

 
  "A Reliable Wife"by krejczyk (see profile) 04/02/11

Contrary to the title, it should not be something anyone "strives" to be! Very good book. I was brought in quickly and couldn't put it down. Enjoy!

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