The Matter of Grace

The Matter of Grace

by Jessica Barksdale Inclan, Jessica Barksdale Inclan
     
 

From the national bestselling author of One Small Thing and When You Go Away comes a story about the closely intertwined lives of four women-their struggles to be perfect and the troubled secrets they hide. See more details below

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From the national bestselling author of One Small Thing and When You Go Away comes a story about the closely intertwined lives of four women-their struggles to be perfect and the troubled secrets they hide.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Four Oakland women who meet every week at a local swim club find the limits of their friendship tested in Incl n's engaging, down-to-earth second novel. Grace White is the beautiful, stoic redhead who survived her initial bout with skin cancer, but the disease has returned after a lengthy remission, forcing her to break the news to her three best friends. The other members of the 30-something quartet do their best to help out and support Grace, but they have their own personal problems: Felice Gaitreaux's marriage to her college sweetheart, James, is in serious trouble, while Helen Jordan is having an affair with a younger man and Stella Steinberg is about to have her life turned upside down by a surprise pregnancy. Incl n's writing about the dizzyingly twirls of the marital merry-go-round occasionally veers toward soap opera, but the novel turns compelling during a series of revelations that lead Grace's friends to suspect her of going to incredible lengths to conceal an eating disorder. Incl n (Her Daughter's Eyes) has a sharp, compassionate feel for how women look at relationships, sex and marital issues; her female characters are strong and well drawn, although their male counterparts often seem a bit incomplete. The twists and turns of Grace's story will keep readers guessing until the final chapters, and Incl n's laudable decision to steer around the usual happy ending is both honest and realistic without being overly grim. Agent, Pam Bernstein and Associates. (May 7) Forecast: The inclusion of discussion questions and an author q&a makes this title seem like a natural for women's reading groups; the Oprah-ish subject matter won't hurt, either. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451211859
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/04/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.91(d)

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Meet the Author

Jessica Barksdale Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women's literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various journals and newspapers. Ms Inclán holds bachelor's degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU and a master's degree in English literature from SFSU. This is her second novel.

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