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The Good Nearby (2006)

by Nancy Moser

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A book club selection--next time I'll pass by this person's choices. I like novels that show people being strong under adversity, people growing and learning. I do not like novels which say bible quotes and hymns are going to change us. ( )
  juniperSun | Oct 18, 2014 |
The lives of several women are woven together, who are all dealing with problems ranging from an abusive boyfriend, to failing eyesight, to an ill husband, to a secret illness that is pulling a family apart. In between their stories we hear the story of GiGi as a little girl growing up without much hope but who latches on to her Grandmother's comments about death, about being "the good nearby", about how she will one day have babies, and who for some reason in fixated with the number 96. Eventually the women form interrelationships and the way GiGi's past ties into the present becomes clear.
This was a sweet little story with characters that could be the people right next door. It was neat to see the way God was working behind the scenes. This would be a good story for someone who likes books about relationships, particularly among women, and how God can help us with everyday problems. ( )
  debs4jc | Jun 26, 2007 |
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To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.--Anonymous
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In memory of Judy Hainline; to her husband, Dallas, and son, Zach, and to other hopeful and courageous recipients; and to all the generous organ donors and their families who give others the gift of hope and life.
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Mama sat on the bed, going through her wallet.
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Sometimes good things are nearer than expected. Margery has a nothing job, a nothing marriage, and zero self-esteem. Angie has everything she could ever want, except a life of her own making. Talia is overwhelmed by her pregnancy, by handling her career, and by caring for her toddler and a home-bound husband who needs a new heart. Gennifer has a high-powered career and a family that's learned to fend without her. Gladys has never been married and approaches her golden years alone with failing eyesight. For the patrons of Neighbor's Drugstore, the key to a rich, fulfilled life is closer than they think, if only they can open their hearts to the good nearby.… (more)

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