Pride: A Novel

Pride: A Novel

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by Lorene Cary
     
 

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Four women, lifelong friends, are turning 40--and what a year it is.



Roz, the perfectly controlled (and controlling) politician's wife, is trying to keep her family together as she recovers from breast cancer and her husband runs for the biggest election of his career. Though he has strayed from her in the past, she has always been there for him--but… See more details below

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Four women, lifelong friends, are turning 40--and what a year it is.



Roz, the perfectly controlled (and controlling) politician's wife, is trying to keep her family together as she recovers from breast cancer and her husband runs for the biggest election of his career. Though he has strayed from her in the past, she has always been there for him--but all that is in jeopardy now that she has learned he has been sleeping with one of her three best friends.



Tam has been avoiding commitment all her life, both in an academic career that shows no sign of becoming permanent, and in her sexually combustive affairs with men. But she's ready to make some radical departures--including trying to return the interest of a sexy hunk who has more than just looks.



Ever since her husband's early death, Arneatha has immersed herself in her work as an Episcopal priest who runs a school and several community programs. But something is turning cold and brittle inside her, and for the first time in her life she questions her faith. Her last shreds of certainty are stripped from her when she is unexpectedly thrust into the role of mother--and finds herself falling in passionate, school-girlish love with a handsome African man.



Finally there is Audrey, whose climb back from the depths of alcoholism nearly costs her her life, but brings renewal to the friends' commitment to each other.



Vibrant, funny, heartwrenching, and real, Pride is an unforgettable novel.


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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
A sexy tale...
Library Journal
Cary, author of the marvelous memoir Black Ice and the immensely readable historical novel The Price of a Child, attempts her first commercial novel here....Four African-American women, girlfriends since they were children, live through a tumultuous year of self-discovery, long-hidden secrets finally revealed, betrayal, and, ultimately, acceptance of one another's foibles. Roz, recovering from cancer, discovers that her politically ambitious husband has been involved in a longtime affair with one of her best friends; Tam, losing a bid for tenure at the college where she teaches, falls for the man of her dreams; Arneathea, an Episcopal priest lonely since her husband's death, meets a handsome African man and unexpectedly (and totally unbelievably) becomes a mother; and alcoholic Audrey struggles to overcome her addiction. Calling a novel "commercial" doesn't mean it needs to have flat characters, hackneyed writing, and an uninteresting plot. Cary's novel, which exhibits all these traits, is simply bad commercial fiction. -- Nancy Pearl, Washington Center for the Book, Seattle
Kirkus Reviews
A deftly written, if less-than-groundbreaking, second novel from Cary (The Price of a Child). Four complicated African-American women, all on the verge of 40, weave in and out of one another's lives in ways both sustaining and disastrous. The opening scene, where the primary players are introduced, is staged at a wedding from hell. Audrey's birth-son Bryant, who was effectively raised by his mother's well-to-do friend Roz, is marrying a girl whom neither woman approves of: a pregnant 18-year-old whose sole career ambition is to open a manicure shop someday. Roz and Audrey's friend Tamara, who's catered the wedding feast, is a college professor by trade and a gourmet cook by passion; and the final member of the foursome, Arneatha, is the Episcopal priest conducting the marriage ceremony. Slowly, underlying fault lines are revealed in all these women's lives: Roz is recovering from breast cancer, and the stress is interfering with her notorious ability to manage her family and help her politician husband, Hiram, who's now campaigning for a seat in Congress. Audrey's alcoholism has caused her years of anguish and misery, as well as the loss of her son; her journey back to sobriety is an arduous one, testing her friendships with the others. The very successful Tamara longs for more exciting work and a man who can accept her fiery spirit. And Arneatha, though seemingly the most stable of the group, has been concealing a years-long aching loneliness.....An adequately entertaining if convoluted story, with swift and lively dialogue throughout.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307778499
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/16/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

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E. Lynn Harris
Lorene Cary has written a beautiful and heartfelt novel that shows how powerful the bonds of friendship can be.

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