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Circle of Three
Circle of Three
Author: Patricia Gaffney
Newly widowed, Carrie is overwhelmed by the guilt of knowing her marriage died long before her husband's fatal heart attack. Struggling to go on for the sake of her teenaged daughter, Ruth, and her overly possessive mother, Dana, Carrie slowly emerges from the sorrow that has embraced her and begins to pull her life together, with help from an u...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061098369
ISBN-10: 0061098361
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 448
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3.5 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A MOVING NOVEL ABOUT THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN BY THE AUTHOR OF THE SAVING GRACES.

PATRICIA GAFFNEY ILLUMINATES THE SILKEN BONDS OF FAMILY THROUGH THE INTERCONNECTED LIVES OF THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN IN A SMALL TOWN IN RURAL VIRGINIA.

"CAN GRIEF LAST FORA PERSON'S WHOLE LIFE?" THAT IS THE QUESTION CARRIE STRUGGLES TO ANSWER AFTER THE SUDDEN DEATH OF HER HUSBAND. SHE ALSO MOURNS THE DEATH OF THEIR LOVE--AN EMOTIONAL EROSION HAT BEGAN LONG BEFORE HER HUSBAND'S HEART GAVE OUT.

COMPLICATING MATTERS IS CARRIE'S MOTHER, DANA, A SNOBBISH YET SYMPATHETIC WOMAN WHO TRIES TO DO WHAT SHE THINKS BEST. DANA, TOO, MOURNS A PAINFUL LOSS--DISINTEGRATION OF HER RELATIONSHIP WITH CARRIE. "I'D GIVE ANYTHING FOR THE CLOSENESS WE USED TO HAVE, BUT SHE WON'T LET ME IN."

AT THE END POINT OF THESE TWO GENERATIONS IS CARRIE'S DAUGHTER RUTH, WHO SILENTLY COPES WITH A DOUBLE TRAGEDY OF HER OWN, THE LOSS OF HER FATHER AND THE EMOTIONAL ABANDONMENT OF HER MOTHER. "SHE'S STILL GOT ME, BUT SHE'S ABOUT HALF THE MOTHER I USED TO HAVE."

THROUGH THEIR STORIES, PATRICIA GAFFNEY EXPLORES ALL WOMEN'S RELATIONSHIPS--THE THINGS THAT SOMETIMES DIVIDE THEM, BUT ULTIMATELY BIND THEM TOGETHER. WISE, MOVING, AND HEARTBREAKINGLY REAL, CIRCLE OF THREE CREATES THE PERPLEXING AND INVIGORATING MAGIC THAT IS LIFE ITSELF.
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An enjoyable book on relationships especially between women, and in this case the women are related - mother, daughter, granddaughter - with a few extras thrown in.
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A most excellent book. I gave it to my daughter in law.
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This is a wonderful book about relationships between three generations of women, Carrie, newly widowed and feeling guilty because her marriage had been unraveling for some time prior to her husband's sudden heart attack, Dana, Carrie's mother, who has always been domineering and married to a man she walks all over, and Ruth, Carrie's teen-age daughter, who's trying to deal with her father's death, her mother's guilt and her own growing pains. They make you laugh, cry and at times want to yell at them to 'get a life'. But as they come to terms with each other and sort out their anger and emotions, you can't help but cheer them on. And the ending is very satisfying and totally real. For any woman who has had to deal with mothers and daughters, at some point you'll be able to relate to these women.
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Excellent book about three women's relationships--how complicated they can be and still survive the bonds of love.


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