At the high-octane Iowa Writers' Workshop, small-town Charlotte is thrilled and confounded by her relationship with charismatic and sophisticated Esmé: One moment, Esmé appears to be Charlotte's most intimate friend; the next, her rival. After a tumultuous weekend, Charlotte's insecurities and her resentment toward Esmé reach a fever pitch. Blindly, Charlotte strikes out--in an act of betrayal that ultimately unleashes a cascade of calamities on her own head.
Twenty years later, Charlotte is a successful novelist. A much-changed Esmé appears, bringing the past that Charlotte grieved over, and believed buried, to the doorstep of Charlotte and her beloved husband. Charlotte finds herself both frightened and charmed. Though she yearns to redeem the old friendship and her transgression, she is wary--and rightly so.
As Good As Dead performs an exquisitely tuned psychological high-wire act as it explores the dangers that lie in wait when trust is poisoned by secrets and fears.
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Are you kidding me, how in the world did this mess of writting ever get published? Maybe I'll get my 12 yr old grand daughter to write, I'm sure she could do no worse!!!! Do not waste your time or $$$. I usually feel bad about giving low reviews, but not this time!!!!"
This was the kind of book that is easy to put down; I couldn't stand the main character. I felt like a young college student had written the book, still thinking the most important thing in life was your college roomate and one stupid one night stand, that should have been put on a back shelf and left forgotten. Her confession to her husband was selfish and cruel; many references to the church of AA, confess all your sins no ,matter who you destroy etc. I found it very unrealistic that a successful educator around 40 would think like a high school girl; all I could think of this character was " get a grip, get over yourself ." I didn' t like any of the characters, and wondered if I was even supposed to like the main one. Definitely this is not in the category I would call "literature".
Seems like student work and ends abruptly.
Not what I was expecting--- I tend to enjoy books where the main characters are not always lovable, where they clearly have flaws--as it is in the real world. My only real disappointment was that I didn't like the ending. I would have liked to see some kind of additional confrontation between the main character and her roommate from so many years ago. But this is why I wrote the story wasn't what I was expecting. it was more about the narrator sharing her past and finally fessing up to something she did that she was ashamed of from so many years earlier, knowing that her husband, being quite disciplined, and some would say controlling, might not forgive her. The novel carried me along and I thoroughly enjoyed it---I just wished there would have been something more at the end.