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Nancy's Notes March 13, 2008

“The Senator’s Wife” by Sue Miller, “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah, “Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella.

Sue Miller’s latest book, “The Senator’s Wife”, has been on the best sellers list for some time. We were finally able to get a copy from our supplier. The story exposes the shame and imperfections of two marriages. Meri, newly married and pregnant, recognizes with the some terror the gap between the reality and the expectations of marriage. Her new neighbor Delia is the wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton. Delia’s husband’s infidelities have been an open secret in Washington circles, but his relationship with his wife still remains strong. What keeps people together, even in the midst of betrayal? Neighbors Delia and Meri soon find themselves leading parallel lives.

            I just finished Kristin Hannah’s “Firefly Lane”. Hannah is one of my favorite authors and she didn’t let me down with this one. The story begins in the 1970’s when two young girls meet and form a life-long relationship. Kate finds herself an outcast amongst her peer as she begins the painful middle school years. She finally finds a friend when the “new” girl, who happens to be the coolest kid in school, moves next door. Kate soon discovers that although Tully, her new friend, has transformed herself into the teenage ideal she has secrets of her own. Their friendship becomes a mainstay in their lives over the next three decades as Tully sets off to prove her worth to the world and Kate wants only to get married and raise a family.  Over the years their friendship endures jealousy, anger, and resentment. They think their relationship has survived the test of time until one act of betrayal tears them apart.

            If you enjoy a light, fun story “Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella may fit the bill. This is the author of the Shopaholic books. The story begins when twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital. Lexi survived a car accident in her Mercedes but she paid the price by losing a big chunk of her memory, three years worth. Somehow she went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a glamorous friends and a gorgeous husband. With her mind stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets the world determined to be the person she seems to be.

            The ice is finally melting of our sidewalk and front steps so it makes visiting the library a  much less scary experience. Come in and see us between noon and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday or between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.