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The Saving Graces: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Mai 2000


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  • Taschenbuch: 528 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperTorch; Auflage: Reissue (2. Mai 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061097101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061097102
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 10,6 x 3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (120 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.722.001 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Unlike the Graces of Greek mythology, the ones in Patricia Gaffney's feel-good novel, The Saving Graces, are not in the business of dispensing charm and beauty. Though they possess some measure of good looks, Gaffney's Graces are more focused on the less ethereal problems of life: men, careers, babies, death. And there are four, rather than three, of them (Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel), who have been getting together for regular dinners in their Washington, D.C., homes for 10 years.

The narration of The Saving Graces rotates among the four women and gets right to the heart of each Grace--the stories they tell stick close to the territory of their emotional lives. This intimate directness makes Gaffney's women seem, well, womanly. Serene Isabel, who has always been "the best champion, the kindest friend" to all the other Graces, is dying of breast cancer. Rudy needs to leave her ultra-controlling husband. Lee, usually the rational one, is possessed by her desire to have a baby. Ironic Emma wants to write a novel and has a hard crush on a married man. This group feels messy and real: they keep secrets from each other, grate on one another's nerves, and analyze each other. But ultimately, all four know that they've lucked into a very good thing. Not just because they share the sweetness and silliness that comes with friendship, but also because they are willing to act as soldiers for each other. When Rudy finally gets up the nerve to leave her husband, for example, she doesn't do it alone: "Isabel stood on my right, Lee on my left. Emma had taken a seat on the bed--an escalation of the offense, usurping more enemy territory." In Gaffney's universe, women armed with grace, humor, and a couple of good girlfriends can transcend even the most painful events in their lives. --Katherine Anderson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Bonnie Gilbert am 1. Januar 2000
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After reading almost all of Patricia Gaffney's books, I have to say, her first contemporary is truly a work of art.
The Saving Graces is a novel of friendship. Calling themselves the Saving Graces, Emma, Rudy, Lee and Isabel meet twice a month for dinner to talk about life, love, marriage, careers, achievements and disappointments.
Emma, wanting to publish her first book and in love with a married man. Beautiful Rudy, unsure of herself and afraid to upset her manipulative husband. Lee, the "normal" one who is desperatly trying to have a baby. And Isabel, divorced and battling the battle of her life. Cancer.
This story pulled me in from the beginning and made me wish I were part of The Saving Graces. I laughed, I cried (hid from my husband because I didn't want him to see me!) and most of all I fell in love with the four of them. I truly didn't want the story to end. Don't wait for the paperback. This book is one that you will truly enjoy and read over and over again. Loan it to your best friend. Maybe you'll start up a "Saving Graces" of your own.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Bonnie Gilbert am 11. Juni 2000
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After reading almost all of Patricia Gaffney's books, I have to say, her first contemporary is truly a work of art.
The Saving Graces is a novel of friendship. Calling themselves the Saving Graces, Emma, Rudy, Lee and Isabel meet twice a month for dinner to talk about life, love, marriage, careers, achievements and disappointments.
Emma, wanting to publish her first book and in love with a married man. Beautiful Rudy, unsure of herself and afraid to upset her manipulative husband. Lee, the 'normal' one who is desperatly trying to have a baby. And Isabel, divorced and battling the battle of her life. Cancer.
This story pulled me in from the beginning and made me wish I were part of The Saving Graces. I laughed, I cried (hid from my husband because I didn't want him to see me!) and most of all I fell in love with the four of them. I truly didn't want the story to end. Don't wait for the paperback. This book is one that you will truly enjoy and read over and over again. Loan it to your best friend. Maybe you'll start up a 'Saving Graces' of your own.
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Every now and again, a special story reaches out and touches your heart. Known best for her wonderful historical romances (especially WILD AT HEART and the Wyckerly Trilogy), Pat Gaffney creates such a story in THE SAVING GRACES--her hardcover and contemporary debut.
THE SAVING GRACES is a story of four women--Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel--who despite being diversed in not only their personalities but their backgrounds as well--develop a friendship with one another--one that has last over ten years. Each character takes turn telling the story; a juggling act that Pat handles with ease (easy for me to say). Through this technique, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel come alive; their words transcend from the pages--making this foursome three-dimensional, real.
You'll laugh with these ladies ... cry with them ... cheer ... dream ... hope ... cringe ... Many times I wanted to reach through the pages and slap them silly--or at least shake their shoulders.
The reason is simple. While fictional, this story could be about you ... about me. In fact, the friendships described remind me a lot of a group of friends I've developed online--with women who have planned gatherings together, traveled long distances to see, who e-mail and send instant messages, who get into chat rooms and post on messageboards. More than that, IRL (in real life), you probably have an Emma, a Rudy, a Lee, an Isabel ... and like these ladies, they are there for you--through your ups and your downs.
When I first read THE SAVING GRACES (I badgered Pat for an ARC months ago--one that I had to immediately send back so that she could share it with her mom), I asked Pat why she wrote SAVING GRACES(because it is so different from her previous stories), she told me, "Because I had to.
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Definitely a "woman's book," The Saving Graces is about the lives and friendships of Lee, Rudy, Emma and Isabel. The four women share intimate weekly dinners and occasional trips to North Carolina's Outter Banks, where we are privy to their thoughts and conversations. Few subjects are off limits to the women, and as readers we are involved in their interactions with men, careers, families, and the individual dilemma each character faces. Lee is the stable one, except that she wants a child and can't conceive. Neurotic Rudy struggles to find herself beneath the smothering domination of a charming but self-centered husband. Emma bemoans her status as a single woman who finds true love with a married man. Isabel, as the book's wise crone, has a life-threatening illness, is recovering from a shattering divorce, and finds an unexpected new love in her life. While every character's story has a singular theme, they are nicely woven together by author Gaffney's clever and clear ability to change voice, becoming first one character followed by the others. She keeps the collective story-line moving forward and at the same time explores the individual feelings of her characters. The book's strength lies in it's readability and accurate revelation of how close women friends interact. This includes the fact that, as in real life, one or two of the characters talk about the others when the others aren't present. The weakness of The Saving Graces lies in the neatly tied up package each woman's life becomes by the book's conclusion. Overall, it's a pleasing, fast read for women of any age. The Graces capture much of what is wonderful about the constancy of women friends in our lives.
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