The Book Club Author:Mary Alice Monroe On the surface, it is a monthly book club. But for five women, it is something more precious -- a chance to share their hopes and fears and triumphs. — EVE -- husband's sudden death has turned her world upside down, cheating her of every security she had planned on — ANNIE -- a brilliant attorney at forty-three she has decided to have a... more » baby, but all the determination in the world can't change the cold reality in nature
DORIS -- forced to acknowledge her dying marriage, she finds the ultimate freedom in her husband's betrayal.
GABRIELLA -- the "perfect" wife, mother and friend, who offers support to everyone but is afraid to ask for it herself
MIDGE -- an artist who has always lived her life against the grain; but suddenly she's feeling like a stranger to the very people who should know her best
They are women in transition, and as they embrace the challenge of change, they will hold fast to the true magic of the book club -- friendship.« less
What a wonderfully written novel about the closeness, support and sometimes cruelty 5 friends can share. "The Book Club" is the central thread that keeps these women connected, encouraginf them to stay open to new ideas and expereinces. Through friendships the reader has had over the years, the charaters could have portrayed real women. A compelling read.