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Sisterhood Everlasting: A Novel | [Ann Brashares]

Sisterhood Everlasting: A Novel

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....
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Publisher's Summary

Return to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants... 10 years later

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever - but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

Spend some more time with the Sisterhood.

©2011 Ann Brashares (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“A feel-good novel of substance.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Penny QUEEN CREEK, AZ, United States 07-07-11
    Penny QUEEN CREEK, AZ, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing"

    More than depressing. I loved the Traveling Pants series, and the couple of books after, but this one is not one I would ever buy again, and would not recommend to friends. From Penny

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Minnetonka, MN, United States 09-14-11
    Kathy Minnetonka, MN, United States 09-14-11 Member Since 2010

    Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.

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    "Good listen but mixed feelings"

    Its hard to review this book without giving anything away so I apologize before hand if you want to be totally surprised don't read my review.

    By the end of this book my feelings have changed about 20x regarding how I felt about it. I'm going to say its worth the listen/read especially if your a fan of all the other Sisterhood books. But through out almost the entire book I was screaming in my head at how meek these characters were. I know they just had a shocking event happened but not 1 of them asked questions???? I know they were scared of the answers but I would STILL be asking questions. But then again we wouldn't have much of a story if they had. For 30 years old these characters haven't emotionally matured since their early 20s. By the end of the book I felt they had but it seemed that at least maybe 1 one of them should have more sense by 30 then they did (maybe Tibby was only one).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MoxyIdeas Spring, TX, United States 08-08-11
    MoxyIdeas Spring, TX, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A sweet ending for the Septembers"

    This last piece of the traveling pants story took a little while to get into. I think I struggled with the narration in the beginning - it starts out very buttoned up or maybe stodgy? Very careful pronunciation, not conversational at all, which would be how I hear the girls in my head. But after an hour or two, it seems to loosen up. By the end, it seemed much, much better. The story is kind of goes along with the narration...drags in the beginning...particularly with Lena and Carmen...sometimes I just wanted to shake them and make them have the necessary conversations to get their lives on track. But if another story about them was released, I'd snap it right up and listen or read it cover to cover, just like I did with this one. You can't not read the end of the series. Overall, I'm an Ann Brashares fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen M. Arlington, VA 06-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Traveling Pants at 30"

    It was good to catch up with the girls of the traveling pants now approaching their 30th birthday. I could not put the book down, but it is a real tear jerk-er. From beginning to end, there was sadness but with a heart warming undertone. Not the type of story I enjoy reading, but for these girls, I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessi TYLER, TX, United States 09-11-12
    Jessi TYLER, TX, United States 09-11-12
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    "Not what I expected."
    What was most disappointing about Ann Brashares’s story?

    I read the Sisterhood books in high school, so I was excited to catch up with the girls as adults. I agree with a lot of other reviewers that it's just too sad and depressing. The story drug on and on and I found myself not paying attention. I wish I wouldn't have listened and remembered the characters they way they were. Loved the concept but could have been a much better story.


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    T Petal, MS, United States 05-01-12
    T Petal, MS, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2005

    Tell us about yourself! Love to read but don't get to do enough of it. On the road a good bit.... that's when I listen!

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    "Sisterhood Everlasting"

    I loved this entire series. Good audible .... good story. It makes me happy.

    Reminds me more and more the real friends in our lives are so very important.

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    Amazon Customer Bellingham, WA 09-19-11
    Amazon Customer Bellingham, WA 09-19-11 Member Since 2011

    I am a great reader and listener of all things book.

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    "Truly uplifting!"

    This continuation of the Sisterhood is beautifully done. The girls are still the same girls, but each grown into womanhood in a very realistic way. I am not one for crying, and I have to admit this book moved me to tears several times. The ending is GOOD!!! yay. :) I so tired of melodramatic sad endings. This book is full of hope and love and humor and makes clear for us the very meaning of true friendship. Even if you missed the first four books about the sisterhood, this story stands on its own, the characters finely developed. Overall, a great story to loose yourself in, loose your heart in, and count on a great ending.

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    e ojai, CA, United States 09-16-11
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    "overall very enjoyable"

    this book reminded me of what it is like to be a young woman and i felt empathy for the characters .i laughed a lot while listening to it so i would recommend it as a good light listen

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    Kristy Solana Beach, CA, United States 07-20-11
    Kristy Solana Beach, CA, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Slogging through sorrow"

    I'm so sad for these girls. They seem so depressed and miserable. I'm not finished yet, but I don't think I can bring myself to get through another minute of listening...it's like slogging through a bog filled with sorrow and depression.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "A True Friendship Novel"

    "Dramatic" and "Emotional" would be the best words to describe this breathtaking novel. It wasn't what expected. I already thought it would have a friendship reunion but not the way this one turned out to be. It made me realise how important friendship can really be and how difficult it is to let go. It has encouraged me to read the rest of Ann Brashares series and has aspired me to write novels in the similar way when I'm older.
    I would recommend this to people who enjoy reading social realism. The kind of stories that bring personal identity to it, (you can relate to it) or give sympothy and hope to those who may need it. It will bring tears to your eyes both happy and sad!

    Emma Purcell
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