The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives

The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives

by Cheryl Jarvis
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The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis

One day in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a beautiful diamond necklace in a jewelry store window and wondered: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and one great leap of faith later, Jonell and twelve other women bought the necklace together–to be passed along among them all.

The dazzling treasure weaves in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women. With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, they transcend their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey–and what started as a quirky social experiment becomes something far richer and deeper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345500724
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 143,769
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Jarvis is a journalist and essayist and the author of The Marriage Sabbatical: The Journey That Brings You Home. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Reader’s Digest. A former television producer and magazine and newspaper editor, she has taught writing at the University of Southern California and at Washington University and Webster University in St. Louis.

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Necklace 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
FrankieAL More than 1 year ago
This turned out not to be what I was expecting, but certainly an interesting book. When I first heard about it I was curious how the dynamics would work out with several women sharing one piece of jewelry. You never know what will happen when a group of women get together for any particular reason. I loved how they used the necklace for fundraising and for bonding with other women. One other note, it was found in the self-improvement section of the bookstore and I thought it would have been more in the philosophy category. Certainly a good book for inspiring discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These women have made a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others, through their community outreach showing that the community IS more powerful then the individual. It is a paradox of when is owning a diamond necklace not owning a diamond necklace. The vehicle
diamonds are carbon based/natural from the earth and tranformed into
brilliancy. Not a bad metaphore
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story brings women of all kinds together. Risk-takers, teachers, mothers, and grandmothers. Through one diamond necklace they all chip in to buy, the women are brought closer together as they learn more about themselves and life.
tobras More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the book recommended for our book club selection. It was delightful to learn about the members of this experiment and just how much this materialistic item actually provoked a need to help others. Belonging to two book clubs it made one want to suggest our groups doing something for those less fortunate.I found the format easy to read and I liked the style of Jarvis' writing. I would highly recommend this book.
Gypsy More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be unbelievably superficial. A bunch of women with no sense of committment to anyone but themselves spend over $1000 each to purchase an overpriced necklace. And they find true meaning in their lives. Honestly, I found the whole thing to be a justification for materialism not spiritualism. This book was grossly overrated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by women in a book discussion group. It depicted an unusual arrangement by several women who decided to purchase a very expensive necklace. The impact on each woman was profound. It challenged them to assess their friendships and moral values. It also made me think about my own values about expensive living.
BabyBoomerSKC More than 1 year ago
An inspiring and delightful book. I enjoyed travelling with the necklace on each of it's adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My rating is for your attitude. Its not nice to call us jerks. And i dont belive that u are rich. Its only fair to treat a huma n with care
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