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The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
The Elegant Gathering of White Snows
Author: Kris Radish
Eight Women on a Journey That Will Change Their Lives as Lovers, Wives, Mothers, Daughters, Friends — Just after midnight in a small town in Wisconsin, eight women begin walking together down a rural highway. Career women, housewives, mothers, divorcées, and one ex–prom queen, they are close friends who have been meeting every T...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553382419
ISBN-10: 0553382411
Publication Date: 6/10/2003
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 184 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Suzyjal avatar reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
I'm sorry, I really am. But this is the most contrived, cliche piece of trash I think I have ever had to read. So overwrought. So dramatic. There were passages that were so bad, we took turns at book club reading them out loud and laughing. If you love low end, southern-ish chick lit, this is the one for you. Otherwise, keep moving.
reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 166 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
While charming in its way, this book seemed about thirty years behind the curve to me, touting in sometimes unrealistically lyrical terms, the bonds of women's friendships and overcoming life's challenges with the help of one's friends. Didn't we all learn about consciousness-raising groups in the 60's? Lesbian love is also given an unnecessarily strong boost here; it is already pretty much an accepted fact of life and doesn't need to be wrapped up in a pretty package and sold so hard. We get it, for some women, it's better. This book would have been a lot more interesting, and controversial, a generation ago. Now it seems absurd to portray a group of seven women who decide to go walking together for a week as somehow capturing national attention and effecting change across the globe.
reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
It was okay. Not my favorite. I didn't enjoy the style of writing. There were some touching moments, but most seemed very contrived.
nymphadora avatar reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A wonderful story of women, loss, love, happiness, sorrow... a true "chick" book! I only wish we got to know some of the men in the book a little better. This is a road trip reminiscent of Forest Gump's run across country.
keepmelaffn avatar reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I picked this book up at an estate sale and though it is out of my usual genre, I read it and I really liked it. After reading the book, I checked out the 56 member reviews here and found that the average reviews were favorable. Sure, it's chick lit and the moral of the story is that women can be empowered by other women. Some say that the story itself is far fetched and unbelievable...I disagree. Haven't you ever felt like just "taking a break" from all the junk in your life? Well, I have many of times. Good, clean, get-your-stuff- together story. If you're strictly against lesbianism, abortion, beer and wine then this book isn't for you.
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jazzysmom avatar reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 907 more book reviews
What a wonderful story. It's the story about friendship. About 8 women and how these women work through burdens they have carried in their hearts for years with the help of each other. It's the story of loving a friend and of trust. There are 178 reviews on this book alone. Just a few negative. But most of them positive...I'm on the positive side. It made me feel good while reading this book. These women were powerful, they did what they had to do for themselves to be able to move on with their lives. This book was really quite moving. I loved it.
bookgoddessme avatar reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows on + 106 more book reviews
LOVED this book when I read it, purchased it with loose tea in a beautiful container for many friends. It is a beautiful story of women and rituals. The characters could be any of us, and their story will have your nose in the book the entire read. Recommend.
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I really had hopes for this book until about three quarters of the way through when it became clear that all the women were from one mold and cut from the same cloth. They all feel the same, have the same vocabulary and agree on absolutely everything. No disagreements, no original thoughts. In the end, it turned out to be tedious.