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Best Friends: A Novel
by Martha Moody

Published: 2001-06-04
Hardcover : 400 pages
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An unlikely friendship between women that spans two decades drives this unforgettable first novel.

Oberlin College, 1973. Clare Mann, the daughter of a Protestant working-class family from Ohio, has never met anyone like her new roommate, Sally Rose. Wealthy, pretty, and Jewish, barely ...
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(An unlikely friendship between women that spans two decades drives this unforgettable first novel.

Oberlin College, 1973. Clare Mann, the daughter of a Protestant working-class family from Ohio, has never met anyone like her new roommate, Sally Rose. Wealthy, pretty, and Jewish, barely emancipated from her close-knit Los Angeles family, Sally has led a sheltered life. Still, she and the hard-working, jaded Clare form an extraordinary friendship that endures for years, through disastrous marriages, motherhood, and demanding careers on opposite coasts. Clare is fascinated by Sally's calm probity, her family's seeming perfection, the utter confidence and willful naivete that rule her personal life, while sheer ruthlessness governs her law practice. She comes to need Sally the way she has never needed anyone, and her trips to California provide respite from her own family difficulties and her growing responsibilities as a doctor specializing in AIDS.

But as Clare grows closer to the Roses over the years, especially to Sally's father, she stumbles upon a carefully guarded family secret that could alienate her from Sally forever. And when the death of Ben, Sally's heroin-addicted younger brother, follows soon after the death of their mother, Clare is stunned to see this once-enviable and larger-than-life family reduced to human proportions.

In this impressive debut, Martha Moody is pitch-perfect in her depiction of the subtle shifts of emotion and perspective that occur as people-and friendships-mature. Readers of Iris Rainer Dart's Beaches and Elizabeth Strout's Amy and Isabelle will delight in Best Friends.

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  "College Roommates thru the years"by lollygil (see profile) 08/11/09

Two girls with nothing in common--one from the midwest and one from California, dorm together and share their lives. The story takes them through marriage, divorces, parenthood, drama and death.

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