Alice and Nanny have never met before, but they have one thing in common: their late friend Roberta. Alice is the prim proprietor of a chic Madison Avenue shop, while Nanny is a sharp-eyed Manhattan real-estate broker. This New York odd couple is thrown together when Roberta trusts them with her last request—that together they open her safe-deposit box. What they find inside compels these women to address a surprising truth about their beloved Roberta. A profound yet hilarious novel, To My Dearest Friends is the story of two women and a journey of friendship neither chose to take.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Contemporaries Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.14(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
Patricia Volk is the author of the memoir Stuffed; the novels To My Dearest Friends and White Light; and two collections of short stories, All it Takes and The Yellow Banana. She has published stories, book reviews, and essays in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, New York, The New Yorker and Playboy. She was a weekly columnist for New York Newsday, and she lives in New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked the idea behind the story, two strangers coming together to honor a mutual friend's final request, but the story was a bit of a letdown. I found myself skimming across the pages quite often. The overabundance of details that held no value really slowed things down. The flip-flopping between first and third person narrative made my head spin, especially in the beginning chapters. The book had its good moments, too, like the odd friendship between Nanny and Alice and the surprise ending. It made me think about my own friends and how much I really know about them and how much I want to know.
I love the way the book is written. Each chapter is told from either Alice¿s or Nanny¿s perspective; alternating throughout. These women are so different, and yet they had the same best friend, so they must have similarities. Ultimately, Roberta¿s letter-adventure brings two unlikely women together as friends. Perhaps that¿s the best legacy anyone can leave. Also: Great twist at the end. I thought I had it figured out¿
It¿s a quick read, too. Very breezy at around 185 pages and not too sentimental or syrupy-sweet.
In a book club setting, it would be interesting to discuss which character each person identified with more: Alice or Nanny.
Also, these questions would be good to ponder:
How well do you know anyone? Do you really want to know everything about someone, like a best friend or spouse? Because knowing everything would change the relationship ¿ how could it not?
How much of yourself do you reveal? And to whom? Does any one person know everything about you? Do you want someone to? It¿s okay to keep some parts of yourself to yourself, right? As for the things you don¿t tell anyone: Why don¿t you? Does the reason ¿why¿ matter?
What¿s the difference between keeping a secret and keeping something private?
This is a book about a lady who has friends from all walks of life and they do not necessarily know each other. When she passes away, many lives are affected and there are questions that need to be answered. Will two different women who did not know each other but both had a great friend in common work together? Interesting and an unexpected ending for me. I think this is a great book for all women of all ages.
This book was quite enjoyable for the 'mature' woman. It was full of fun and and lots of laughs. I would recommend the read.