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The Saving Graces: A Novel (edition 2004)

by Patricia Gaffney

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Title:The Saving Graces: A Novel
Authors:Patricia Gaffney
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2004), Paperback, 416 pages
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What a lovely book! It focuses on a women's friendship group, narrated in turn by each of the four regular members. It covers two years in their lives, as they suffer various problems and work through them together. Moving and well-written - really four-and-a-half stars! ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is the story of four women who form a women's group in Washington, DC and quickly grow to be close friends. It's not really even clear why they form the group to begin with; they start out discussing "topics" each meeting but soon drop that in favor of just hanging out together. Each of them has a problem, as is common in this type of novel. One has left an unfaithful husband, only to be struck with breast cancer; one has psychological problems and a controlling husband; one is in love with a married man, and both have moral scruples about adultery; and the fourth is infertile. They support each other through all these troubles. The characters are engaging and Gaffney tells the story using multiple points of view (each character "speaks" in turn, chapter by chapter) which is a useful device for this type of story. It was quite enjoyable. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
Excellent story of 4 women and their various trials. Well-written, moving, kept my attention thoroughly once I got into it. Recommended it to many people. ( )
  sakismom | May 19, 2011 |
I really thought that "Beaches" was the best girlfriend book ever written; however, now I've read this book and decided that "Beaches" is a close 2nd. ( )
  lisacox | Oct 25, 2010 |
Four women who are close friends name themselves "The Saving Graces." This book is the story of the struggles they go through and the support they give each other. It is the story of their friendship. ( )
  RachelPenso | Jul 18, 2010 |
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Unlike the Graces of Greek mythology, the ones in Patricia Gaffney's feel-good novel, The Saving Graces, are not in the business of dispensing charm and beauty. Though they possess some measure of good looks, Gaffney's Graces are more focused on the less ethereal problems of life: men, careers, babies, death. And there are four, rather than three, of them (Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel), who have been getting together for regular dinners in their Washington, D.C., homes for 10 years.

The narration of The Saving Graces rotates among the four women and gets right to the heart of each Grace--the stories they tell stick close to the territory of their emotional lives. This intimate directness makes Gaffney's women seem, well, womanly. Serene Isabel, who has always been "the best champion, the kindest friend" to all the other Graces, is dying of breast cancer. Rudy needs to leave her ultra-controlling husband. Lee, usually the rational one, is possessed by her desire to have a baby. Ironic Emma wants to write a novel and has a hard crush on a married man. This group feels messy and real: they keep secrets from each other, grate on one another's nerves, and analyze each other. But ultimately, all four know that they've lucked into a very good thing. Not just because they share the sweetness and silliness that comes with friendship, but also because they are willing to act as soldiers for each other. When Rudy finally gets up the nerve to leave her husband, for example, she doesn't do it alone: "Isabel stood on my right, Lee on my left. Emma had taken a seat on the bed--an escalation of the offense, usurping more enemy territory." In Gaffney's universe, women armed with grace, humor, and a couple of good girlfriends can transcend even the most painful events in their lives. --Katherine Anderson

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Four women in Washington meet regularly for dinner and support. One is searching for a husband, a second cannot get pregnant, a third is seeing a therapist, while the fourth is dying from cancer. A tale of sisterhood.

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