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Between Friends

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

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    fine character study

    In Naples, Florida Ali will always be grateful to her friend Cora who donated the eggs that enabled her to have a child. They became headline news with the miracle of modern reproductive technology. She and her husband Benny the cop love their fourteen year old daughter Letty, but now Ali wants a second child. She plans to persuade Benny and then talk to Cora, who has just come home after a teaching gig in Puerto Aysen, Chile.

    However, Cora has just learned something about herself that will end Ali's plea for her to undergo the ordeal again before it begins. She must find the courage to explain to her BF that she suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that means dialysis rather soon and she fears Letty might inherit the diseases from her. Meanwhile Letty tired of being the miracle child is seeing Seth, a nasty teen with demands on her.

    The relationships between the four prime players especially the two BFFs keep this character study from becoming a soap opera though it is a tearjerker. The lead four are fully developed to the point readers will hope for a second miracle. With a late unexpected twist, fans will enjoy Between Friends while waiting for the results of Letty's PKD tests.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Really good and touching!

    Loved this story!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    About Friends

    This is the first "women's fiction" book that I have read in a long time. I picked the book up for the title and after reading the blurb and a few pages brought it home.

    Normally, I cannot finish these books and skim through them to the end. This book however hooked me immediately with its tale of friendship, motherhood, marriage, and the choices we all make in our lives. I immediately thought of my best friend. We've never gone through any of the choices these characters make and face, but she is the only one besides my sister to whom I would donate eggs.

    Would you make the same choices? What is lying and to whom do your loyalties belong? Does your husband come first or your child? What is family and how is that definied?

    These were the questions this book brought to the surface for me and I loved that while there were answers for the characters, there were no judgements of those answers. The reader could see that the answers could have been different under different circumstances.

    I would recommend this book to others and in fact have. My mom has my copy and she picked it for her reading group. Between Friends is about how our relationships form us, change us and support us through all of life. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    The Meaning of Friendship whether it be Near or Far

    The reason this book appealed so much too mean is that the two "best friends" defined the true meaning of friendship. My best friend and I live are separated by 1300 miles and only see each other once a year but I know that we are always there for each other. I have been sufferring from serious medical and surgical conditions and she has been there for me. All the characters had a dynamic part in this story as well as a definate twist. The one person you thought would not survive, is the one who lives and the one who you never imagined would die, did pass away. This story deals with the difficulty of conceiving, the strengths and weakness of marriage, overcoming the challenges of marriages, the consequences of IVF (even with your best friend) and dealing with the act of dying. Excellent book and one I would highly recommend.

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