The Art of Saying Goodbye
Morrow Trade Paperbacks, June 2011
304 pages, $13.99
An “Okra Pick” — books chosen for special recognition — by SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
SIBA Book of the Year Award Nominee
In a gesture of support and affection for a long-time neighbor who has fallen ill, four women in a close-knit suburban development tie white ribbons to trees in front of their houses, and embark on a powerful journey of transformation. The ailing woman, Paisley, has always been the neighborhood star, an effervescent beauty whose charm draws all of them in. As they grapple with her illness, each woman is affected in a different way as she begins to face the pressing issues in her own life with new perspective. A marriage put on hold because of a difficult child, a nurse’s eerie and unwanted gift of diagnosis, a widow’s destructive bitterness, and the price of a successful career, all come into play to shape their stories. Ultimately, each one learns to say goodbye . . . but not before drawing from her friend’s strength the courage to move on and change, as she recognizes that her own life, in the afterglow of someone else’s, is richer and more precious than she thought.
From the reviews . . .
“This is a moving, gratifying, and inspiring reminder to live life to its fullest and demonstrate love in every possible way to friends and family.”—Publishers Weekly
“Sweet, profound, sweeping in its themes yet detailed in its nuances, Bache’s latest explores the layers of friendship involved in facing serious illness and buried secrets.” –Booklist
“The women created by Bache have found a place to call their own outside of husbands and children. The dire situation of their friend brings them up short and makes them pull together. What appears to be standard women’s fare deepens into something more engaging.” — Library Journal
“A beautiful story of friendship in the face of tragedy.” –Fresh Fiction