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The Art of Mending | [Elizabeth Berg]

The Art of Mending

As soon as she arrives at her family's annual reunion, Laura Bartone realizes that something is not right with her sister. Wrapped up in past events, Caroline is the family's black sheep. When she confronts Laura and their brother with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness.
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Publisher's Summary

It begins with the sudden revelation of astonishing secrets - secrets that have shaped the personalities and fates of three siblings, and now threaten to tear them apart. In renowned author Elizabeth Berg's moving new novel, unearthed truths force one seemingly ordinary family to reexamine their disparate lives and to ask themselves: Is it too late to mend the hurts of the past?

Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year's gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined.

As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family's restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness.

©2006 Elizabeth Berg; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A nuanced account of a family's implosion, with enough ambiguity and drama...to keep any reader intrigued, right up to the fittingly redemptive ending." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Linda Radford, VA, United States 03-14-09
    Linda Radford, VA, United States 03-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Berg never disappoints"

    Elizabeth Berg has a terrific insight into secrets of all things "relationship." This work visits the lives of two sisters, their mother and the damage of secrets of the past.

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 09-02-08
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 09-02-08 Member Since 2003

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    "What???"

    I like Berg's work, and, for the most part, enjoyed this listen.
    As I don't want to be a spoiler, I will only say that the ending makes me think that either the main characters are Zen masters or are highly skilled in denial.

    Or, as a third option, perhaps Ms. Berg was simply overworked and late for her publisher's deadline.

    Still, Berg makes interesting intrigue out of the stuff of ordinary lives, distinguishing her work from others in the genre, and elevates her narrative from what would be generic "chic lit" in the hands of skilled but less perceptive writers.



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