Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors in the suburbs of Northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just 16. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and the birth of her children, through Sarabeth's attempts to make a happy life for herself despite the shadow cast by her mother's act, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength.
But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women's friendship are revealed, and both Liz and Sarabeth are forced to reexamine their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. Songs Without Words is about the sometimes confining roles we take on in our closest relationships, about the familial myths that shape us, both as children and as parents, and about the limits, and the power, of the friendships we create when we are young.
©2007 Ann Packer; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"A richly nuanced meditation on the place of friendship in women's lives." (Publishers Weekly)
I found this book read very slow and was a very depressing picture of a difficult set of circumstances. I also found it rather unrealistic in that no one seemed to be able to communicate with one another.
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