Grand Avenue (International Edition)

Grand Avenue (International Edition)

by Joy Fielding

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Overview

For four women, the bonds of friendship had sustained them for twenty years, through marriage, motherhood — and murder.

Looking back, it seemed like paradise — lives filled with the blessings of friendship, marriage, children and career. Over twenty years, four friends shared everything through good times and bad, and together they faced the challenges of life and love head on. Now, one of their number sits alone to ponder the strange twists and turns of fate and the unpredictability of circumstance. Now, she must sift through each of their pasts to discover exactly what went wrong, how dreams turned to nightmares, how friendships faded and how lives were destroyed.

In this powerful novel, Joy Fielding explores the bonds women forge, the nature of friendships, and the meaning of unconditional love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385691932
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joy Fielding is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels, including The First Time, Don't Cry Now, See Jane Run, and Kiss Mommy Goodbye. She lives with her family in Toronto and Palm Beach.

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Grand Avenue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
nancyK18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Over a thirty year period the lives of four suburban women who are told. We see them first as young mothers and then as older women who have dealt with adultery, divorce, illnesses and troubled children.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
According to the book jacket, this was another of those over-many-years stories of a group of several female friends. Normally, I like these types of "chick lit" books every once in a while in between several more serious novels. This however, was not in the same category. Each of the 4 women in this story had one or two overriding personality traits, almost all of which made them become totally unrealistic and unlikeable the further I read. Finally, I realized I had had it up to here with these totally cardboard characters, and figured, "Why am I still wasting my time reading about these women who are incredibly irritating?" So, that was that! By the way, I now vaguely remember that I had attempted one or two other Fielding books in the past, and reacted pretty much the same. But I read so many books, that it's hard for me to always remember my reactions to certain authors if their names are familiar to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th Joy Fielding book I have read. It is not as suspenseful as the others. Don't get me wrong, there are surprises in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome!!!!! This was the first book I've read that is written by an author of the opposite race. I was 200% captured, and very impressed. I've also learned that all women endure the same trials, and tribulations. Though this novel is fiction, the story line is true to life...'Art Imitating Life'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RIGHT UP THERE WITH 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES'. I COULDN'T PUT THIS ONE DOWN. 'DOUBLE-TWIST' ENDING. RECOMMENDED READING. CHARACTERS SEEMED REAL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot agree with the other reviewers in as much as I felt the characters to be interesting but rather weak. They just did not seem as 'real' to me as other novelists portray. The basic storyline is good and keeps you reading (if not skimming) but it doesn't really pick up speed till the murder and trial. Some of the dialog seemed plastic to me. Its my first Fielding novel -- not sure if I will return. To me this was more of a romance novel and I would recommend it to young readers or those who enjoy just womens novels. I did finish the book but wasn't blown away by the ending as was predicted in the reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books now by Joy Fielding, and just recently I read Grand Avenue. I absolutely loved this book, and found it so hard to put it down. It kept me coming back which is great! I find that Joy Fielding has that effect on me. If I'm not captured within the first two chapters I usually lose interest very quickly. She is a great story teller. I cannot wait to read another of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first time around the block with Joy Fielding and I'm hooked. It was a great read, believable characters and an ending that will blow your socks off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK.. ive been a joy fielding fan ever since i read dont cry now which was an amazingly good book! this book shed light on the real power of friendship and how friends can help you through the toughest of times ... joys books have made me a life long fan of hers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Four best friends, Chris Malarek, Barbara Azinger, Susan Norman, and Vicki Latimer, called themselves the Grand Dames and lived on Grand Avenue. They lived in a town called Mariemont, which was located in an upscale suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. The four friends have been there for each other through thick and thin. The character I mostly sympathized with was Chris, who was abused by her husband, Tony. Their friendships are destroyed, when one of the women is murdered. This paperback book took me over a week to read, and was well worth it. I am a Joy Fielding fan for life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book, I could not put in down. I finished it in less then 24 hours! The 4 women in this book are each great women in their own individual way and their friendship was so interesting to read about. Don't miss this book, you've got to read it. I also loved the suprise ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Joy Fielding book I have read....and it was excellent! I brought it w/ me on my vacation and gave this book more attention than my boyfriend! Could not put it down! I want to read every Joy Fielding book now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I've read by Joy Fielding and now I am ready to read all her books! This book was the best I've read in a long time! I took this book with me everywhere and read anytime I could because I just didn't want to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First book read by Joy Fielding. Very compelling story and very difficult to put down. The developing relationships between these four women is superbly portrayed, and the reality on how individual emotions and ideals can quickly change relationships (for better or worse) no matter how strongly bonded friendships are. The sub plot and surprise ending struck a nerve with regards to Justice in our society today. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Grand Avenue and highly recommend it to anyone who believes in the importance of friendship and relationships with others.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Pocket, Oct 2001, $25.00, 400 pp. ISBN: 0743407075 The ¿Grand Dames have lived on GRAND AVENUE in Mariemont, an upscale Cincinnati superb, for two decades. They actually met when each on escorted their own small child to a nearby playground with three swings. The last one to arrive always was stuck in the sandbox and mom knew how degrading that was. Susan, Vicki, Barbara, and Chris became close friends and stayed as pals over the subsequent years of raising their respective child

However, the idyllic life shown on tape has gone sour for at least of the quartet. She slowly looks at the past to try to learn what went wrong. She thought she found love with her spouse and with her three close friends, but now all she seeks is justice.

GRAND AVENUE is a grand relationship drama that focuses on the lives of four women. Readers see how each one forges a relationship with the other three, their respective husbands and children. The secondary characters add depth to the lead cast. However, the ¿need¿ for justice subplot actually lends an engaging twist, but that spins away from the powerful prime plot of four women seeking an identity of their own rather than precariously living through the life of a loved one.

Harriet Klausner