Between Friends

Between Friends

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by Kristy Kiernan

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A provocative new novel about birth, death, and the stuff in between, from the award-winning author of Catching Genius.

Thanks to modern reproductive technology-and the gift of her friend Cora's eggs-Ali Gutierrez is the mother of a fourteen-year-old daughter. Now, yearning for a second child, Ali asks Cora's permission to use another of the


A provocative new novel about birth, death, and the stuff in between, from the award-winning author of Catching Genius.

Thanks to modern reproductive technology-and the gift of her friend Cora's eggs-Ali Gutierrez is the mother of a fourteen-year-old daughter. Now, yearning for a second child, Ali asks Cora's permission to use another of the frozen embryos that have been stored away in anticipation of this decision. But Cora has a secret that could not only change Ali's plans for the future, but tear apart her life right now.

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Publishers Weekly
Kiernan (Catching Genius) again demonstrates her ability to portray true-to-life relationships between women. Ali Gutierrez is mother to 15-year-old Letty thanks to the egg donation of her best friend, Cora. Ali wants to have another child, but first has to convince her husband, Benny, and then Cora, to endure the process one more time. Cora, a free-spirit who's just returned to America from a teaching excursion in Chile, has news of her own—she has a debilitating genetic kidney disease, and she's not sure how to break the news to Ali. Meanwhile, Letty's going through growing pains with her bad-news boyfriend, and when poor choices begin endangering her life, it takes all three of her parents—Benny, Ali, and Cora—to try to save her. With realistic dialogue and pinpointed emotions, Kiernan paints a persuasive portrait of the bonds between mothers, daughters, and friends in this inspiring, heartbreaking tale. (Apr.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
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18 Years

Meet the Author

Kristy was born in Tennessee and raised on the beaches of southwest Florida, where she still resides with her husband, Richard, and their dog.

Her first novel, Catching Genius, was published in March of 2007 and has become a book club favorite. Her second novel, Matters of Faith, was published in August of 2008 and has garnered great review coverage.

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Between Friends 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
retromom More than 1 year ago
Ali and Cora are the best of friends. The type that will do anything for the other. When Ali and her husband, Benny find out they can not conceive a child, Cora comes to the rescue and helps then have the baby they so desperately want. Now that the child is a teenager, Ali is feeling the yearning of wanting another child and there are frozen embryos that could be used to have another child. However, Cora has a secret that could change all of their lives forever. I am a pansy when it comes to books about friendships. This one I loved! The story is told from three different viewpoints, Cora's, Ali's, and Letty's, Ali and Ben's teenage daughter. It was very interesting to read the story through three very different set of eyes. This story took turns that I did not see coming. This is a book about friendship, mother/daughter relationships and marriage. If you like a good girlfriend story, give this a try. I think you might just like it. It's a very quick read and I had a hard time putting it down.
ReadTilYouDrop More than 1 year ago
Wow....that's really all I could say when I finished this one. It grabbed my interest from the moment I started it and it never let go. Lately I have just been kind of going through the motions with books I've read. However, with "Between Friends" I couldn't pace myself. I felt like I had been starved and was just given my favorite meal. I absorbed this book. If it weren't for work and sleep, I would have done nothing but stick my face in this and not come up for air. It's a book about friendship but more so about family. These two women (Cora and Ali) have been friends since they were young girls. They grew even closer when Cora donated her eggs to Ali and her husband, Benny, when they were unable to conceive. This allowed Ali and Benny to bring Letty into the world. The book is told from Cora, Ali's, and Letty's point of views. You discover Ali's yearning for another child even though she's in her 40's. There is resistance from both Cora and Benny. You'll find that Letty doesn't much like the idea either and has her own way of showing her resistance. Kristy Kiernan has the ability to bring you into the character's world. It seems not just as if you're a fly on the wall but as if you are actually part of their lives. Each character telling their own story definitely attributed to this but I don't think this was the only reason. I believe some people just find their niche, and Kiernan's has definitely found hers with writing. This book did wreak havoc on all of my emotions but it has more than earned a spot in my favorite book's list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recommended. Full of emotion, the reader feels like he/she is part of the story. The characters are easily relatable. Definitely leaves a lasting impression.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
Ali and Cora have been friends since high school. Over the years, their friendship matured and the two women become tight like sisters. So it was only natural for Cora to donate her eggs when Ali was unable to conceive. Fast forward to present time. Ali and Benny have a beautiful daughter Letty. Ali is extremely thankful for the gift of life Cora gave to her. In fact, she has it documented on her bedroom wall, aka "The Miracle Wall". Now that Letty is older and growing into a young woman, Ali cannot deny her desire to have another baby. She did preserve the remaining embryos in case she wanted to be pregnant again. And that time has come. Benny, her husband, isn't as enthusiastic about having another child. If it were five years ago, then yes he would have agreed immediately. Now, things have changed. And bringing another child into the world is something he's not so sure of. Ali also needs to tell Cora. After all, the embryos are hers and she doesn't want to have the procedure until speaking with Cora first. Cora has a secret of her own. A secret that she's not ready to share. Even with Ali. She's aware that time is no longer on her side and decides she must face this life-altering decision and returns home cope and tell Ali. Between Friends is friendship at its best. Ali and Cora represent the true meaning of "I will do anything for you". Yes the woman argue and don't always agree, but deep down their friendship is real and solid. If you're looking for a good women's fiction novel, look no further. Between Friends is filled with intricate themes that causes the reader to feel a variety of emotions throughout the novel. It's a fantastic read, one I highly recommend. 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I've read from this author. This was a very good read brought tears very moving story line
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An amazing book about strong women. If work and sleep hadnt gotten in the way i would have finished within one day! Must read!!
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I loved this book! She rocks.
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Shannon Marino More than 1 year ago
Loved this story!
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MimiLefay More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Crazy-for-Books More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about the bond of friendship between two women, Ali and Cora. When Ali is unable to have children, Cora steps in and donates her eggs so Ali and her husband, Benny, can realize their dream of having a child. The result? They have a healthy little girl who they name Letitia Makani (nicknamed Letty). Fifteen years later is when this story begins. Ali has decided she wants to have another child, using the rest of the eggs that Cora donated to her But, unbeknownst to her, Cora is headed home to Naples, FL, and she has a secret that will change the course of Ali's life, as well as the lives of Benny and Letty. This is an incredibly well-written, emotional story that completely engrossed me from beginning to end. Told in alternating viewpoints, Ali, Cora, and Letty give us a different perspective on the situations that happen in the story. I love books that are told in this fashion. When they are written well, it adds another layer to the story, without confusing the reader. Kristy Kiernan masterfully weaves these voices together into one cohesive unit. It was very well done. I really loved the way this book was written. I feel that if the story was told from only one perspective then I would have lost something - that special spark that made the story so amazing and heartfelt. To say that I was shocked at some of the events that happened is a huge understatement! I didn't see some of those things coming - at all! I'd suggest that you keep a box of tissues nearby because you will be crying your eyes out, just like I did! This book is so engaging and deals with very sensitive issues. Due to my personal experiences with infertility, I could relate to Ali, one of the main characters. She was meant to be a mother and her best friend, Cora, allowed her to live her dream. The relationship between these two women is amazing and beautiful. They are as close as sisters and always there for one another, no matter what. I loved both of these characters. I loved everything about this story and am anxiously awaiting more books by this wonderful author!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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