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Lives of Value
     

Lives of Value

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by Sharleen Cooper Cohen
 

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Suzanne Winston is on top of the world when her latest novel makes the New York Times best-seller list. To her younger sister, Steffani Blacker, Suzanne has it all--or nearly. A successful writer of popular fiction, mother of three and a beautiful, vivacious woman recently free of an unhappy marriage, Suzanne seems to be someone to envy and admire. Steffani

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Suzanne Winston is on top of the world when her latest novel makes the New York Times best-seller list. To her younger sister, Steffani Blacker, Suzanne has it all--or nearly. A successful writer of popular fiction, mother of three and a beautiful, vivacious woman recently free of an unhappy marriage, Suzanne seems to be someone to envy and admire. Steffani is also brilliant and beautiful but is desperately ill with Gaucher's Disease, the painful hereditary illness that has plagued her since childhood. Unable to bear children, too easily led into wild, intense intimacy with the wrong men, Steffani is determined to live every moment before her time runs out. And so Steffani, terribly brave yet terrified of dying, is tempted to settle old scores and get even with "perfect" Suzanne in all the ways a sister can wound a sister with word, a phone call or a careless betrayal of secrets.

But what Steffani doesn't see is the deep insecurity and dark feelings that shadow Suzanne's carefully controlled world of family, home and career. Suzanne's ex-husband, Alex, the handsome, successful attorney she adored since she was a teenager, has left her scarred and mistrustful of men. Then a disturbing anonymous letter threatens to destroy her reputation and leave her financially ruined. Suddenly her comfortable Los Angeles life-style, her family and friends, and her fabulous success are slipping away into a nightmare existence that will shake her loyalties and values, and even endanger her life. In this crisis, Suzanne must learn whom she can trust--the new man who holds out an irresistible promise of passion, the sister she both loves and resents or the parents who are wrapped up in their own pain.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in 1976 Los Angeles, this consistently absorbing drama combines a dramatic family saga with a suspenseful mystery. The author of Marital Affairs weaves (sometimes confusingly) between past and present to trace the history of the Blackers, a tighly knit Jewish clan. Father Burt is a theatrical agent; mother Lynnette, an aspiring photographer. The story focuses on the relationship between their two daughters: Suzanne, now a divorced mother of three and a successful writer of popular fiction, and Steffani, a survivor of the hippie era struggling against the severe problems caused by Gaucher's disease, a chronic, painful and progressive liver disorder. The sisters are close, and the early resentment Suzanne felt at the intrusion of Steffani's illness has been replaced by tenderness and a fierce loyalty. Now Suzanne faces a major threat to her career and to the stability of her own family. Someone has accused her of plagiarism, and in a further move, has framed her for an attempted murder. Tantalizing clues to the identity of this malefactor are periodically laced into the narrative. Although some of the characters are thinly drawn (the loathsome former husband; his witchlike sister; saintly, long-suffering Lynnette) the novel as a whole is a vivid page-turner. 25,000 first printing; optioned for TV by Grossbart Productions. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Suzanne Winston, a famous author, finds her perfect life disintegrating when she receives a package that claims to be proof that she has plagiarized her novels. Then her name is found on a box of poisoned chocolates that was sent to a literary critic, and Suzanne searches her past to try to identify her tormentor. This is a story of family relationships, especially those of sisters: secrets shared, sibling rivalry, jealousy, and even suspicion. It's a fast-paced tale that will hold YAs' attention from beginning to surprising conclusion. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466918115
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing
Publication date:
01/02/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
792 KB

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Lives of Value 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first review I have written here. I had to say how much I enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing right up to the end. Sharleen is a master storyteller. I was drawn into the lives of her characters from the very beginning. Her words paint a picture that you can almost see. I carried my nook from room to room, a miracle that I didnt trip and fall. Thank you Sharleen for such a great read. I hope there are many more books in your future. Teresa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very drawn out got boring at times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Left me sad. 444pages. A little eduting needed. (dw)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story with great characters and plot...even with all the grammatical errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially for free - loved the characters