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Together Alone

by Barbara Delinsky

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Interesting twists, turns and revelations. ( )
  soosthemoose | Apr 30, 2015 |
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  Mamajeanne | Aug 23, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
"Together Alone" is the story of three women who rely on each others close friendship for support, encouragement, and advise in dealing with their problems and every day issues. The most immediate issue they are all facing is they each have a cherished daughter leaving for college. Although, on the surface, the “off to college” routine is typically a mildly stressful event, it has much deeper significance for these mom’s who have just spent the last 18 years dedicated to raising that one and only child. All of a sudden they are faced with bigger issues, that up until now, they had managed to ignore: the unsatisfactory marriage, the idea of aging, the loneliness and boredom, and the challenge of finding a new purpose in life.

The primary character, Emily, is also dealing with a much deeper issue. Eighteen years ago, when her first child, a little boy, was two years old he was kidnapped. The kidnapper was never found. The child never returned. And the body never recovered. Emily still struggles with the pain and guilt of that tragedy.

In contrast, there were several quite funny scenes when one of the women, Celeste, a divorcee, decides to start dating and has a series of blind dates with men she contacted through a personal ad in the local newspaper.

And of course, just because the girls are off to college, does not mean the mom’s are off the hook on the worry about their wellbeing.

On the whole "Together Alone" is an inspirational women’s book. Every woman should be so fortunate to have one or two friends that will give this kind of mutual unconditional friendship. And every woman should have this kind of courage to move forward with their lives.

Part mystery, part love story, Barbara Delinsky sure squeezes a lot of drama into a novel. Individual portions were quite realistic and believable, but on the whole, there were just too many coincidences that made things fall into place precisely at the moment the novel required for it’s somewhat predictable ending.

Deep issues; mildly superficial presentation, but still, entertaining. ( )
  LadyLo | Jan 3, 2012 |
This is a re-read, and it was fully justified. A story with many layers, about friendship, family, missing children, heartbreak and so much more. Wonderful story, movingly told on so many levels. Excellent. ( )
  gogglemiss | Sep 20, 2009 |
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Emily, Kay and Celeste have been best friends forever. Now, with their daughters away, they must redefine themselves as women. Emily, Kay and Celeste have been best friends forever. Their daughters are close, too, but all the girls are off to college now, and the mothers must redefine themselves as women. Emily, once half of the perfect marriage, hardly knows her workaholic husband Doug anymore. What she wants so badly from him is being offered by her new neighbor, a widower with heart, soul, and grit. Kay, a dedicated teacher, still loves her job, but her husband John is making unfamiliar demands of her, demands that confuse her and make her wonder about their future together. Celeste, long-divorced, is ecstatic with freedom. She searches for the perfect man, but when her daughter is endangered, her electric new life looks terribly dim. As the most precious parts they've hidden for years suddenly demand to be heard, these three women must learn to love themselves. A beautiful tapestry of life, love, and acceptance, Barbara Delinsky expertly interweaves these three stories in a glorious work that is at once moving, romantic, and real.
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Emily, Kay and Celeste have been best friends forever. Their daughters are close, too, but all the girls are off to college now, and the mothers must redefine themselves as women. Emily, once half of the perfect marriage, hardly knows her workaholic husband Doug anymore. What she wants so badly from him is being offered by her new neighbor, a widower with heart, soul, and grit. Kay, a dedicated teacher, still loves her job, but her husband John is making unfamiliar demands of her, demands that confuse her and make her wonder about their future together. Celeste, long-divorced, is ecstatic with freedom. She searches for the perfect man, but when her daughter is endangered, her electric new life looks terribly dim. As the most precious parts they've hidden for years suddenly demand to be heard, these three women must learn to love themselves. Barbara Delinsky expertly interweaves these three stories in a glorious work that is at once moving, romantic, and real.

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With their three daughters off to their freshman year of college, Emily, Kay, and Celeste each deal with their new-found freedom in a different way. Kay continues her teaching; Celeste decides to explore new male relationships; and Emily tries to revive her failing marriage. However, a near fatal accident involving her husband changes Kay's life. Celeste's new love interest is not what he appears, and Emily uncovers the truth about her husband's lost interest in their marriage, while at the same time is drawn to a recent widower who has rented the apartment above her garage. All three grow and change during this year of turmoil but remain friends as their lives take on new directions.… (more)

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