|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2012|
|Number of Pages:||277|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.6|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.75 x 8.75 x 1.0|
Following an 18-month cancer battle, Kate just wants to get back to normal. Still, her six friends decide to throw her a victory party. Kate mentions that her daughter has signed up the two of them for a Grand Canyon raft trip next summer. She is terrified at the prospect, but the others think it's a great challenge for her. Oh, really? Kate responds with a challenge for each of them.
And so we begin. In seven chapters, we get to know this mostly Seattle-based cohort: who they are, how they met, and why their perfectly synced tasks-from baking bread to taking a trip to getting a tattoo-tap into their vulnerabilities and strengths and make them women we would all want to know if not actually want to be. It's not just another novel about cancer.
Verdict: Bauermeister (The School of Essential Ingredients) has created a cast of textured and nuanced characters who individually and as a group speak to what makes women interesting and enigmatic. Her prose is velvety smooth, revealing life at once mournful and auspicious. Joyful, indeed. Highly recommended for those fascinated by fresh fiction.
[National tour; online reading group guide; see Prepub Alert, 11/29/10. For another novel exploring similar themes, see also Sarah Strohmeyer's Kindred Spirits, reviewed on p. 94.-Ed.] - Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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What would you do with a second chance at life?
Having survived a life-threatening illness, Kate celebrates by gathering with six close friends. At an intimate outdoor dinner on a warm September evening, the women challenge Kate to start her new lease on life by going white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon with her daughter. But Kate is reluctant to take the risk.
That is, until her friend Marion proposes a pact: if Kate will face the rapids, each woman will do one thing in the next year that scares her. Kate agrees, with one provision – she didn't get to choose her challenge, so she gets to choose theirs. Whether it's learning to let go of the past or getting a tattoo, each woman's story interweaves with the others, forming a seamless portrait of the power of female friendships. From the author of The School of Essential Ingredients comes a beautifully crafted novel about daring to experience true joy, starting one small step at a time.