The Best of Us

The Best of Us

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st Washington Square Press trade paperback ed
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Paradise isn't quite what it seems as four college friends meet for an island vacation in this captivating new novel from the acclaimed author of These Girls .

An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica--it's the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband's infidelity. And, finally, there's Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her wealthy husband an unforgettable thirty-fifth birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage.

Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to reevaluate everything she knows about her friends--and herself.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2013
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9781451673517
Branch Call Number: FIC Pekk
Characteristics: 338 p


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Jun 14, 2017

Events are somewhat predictable, but what each character learns through them is unique and thought-provoking. Reading it made me miss the time in my life when I could get together with old friends in a group. I enjoyed my time with these characters.

Jun 30, 2016

I like this author. A light read, great novel. She really describes her characters, makes them so real!

LaughingOne Sep 28, 2014

Sarah Pekkanen's novels may be chicklit, but I find her characters to be well-developed and with plenty of human foibles. None is only what one sees on the surface. All have things going on that they try to keep from the others. But on a weeklong trip, sharing a villa together with their significant others, and experiencing a hurricane firsthand, all this makes it hard to keep anything/everything hidden. How things come out, how everyone deals with newfound information, contribute to the satisfaction of the reader (of me at least).

Jul 28, 2013

An enjoyable, light-hearted summer read. Finished it in a day. Sex in the City meets Thirtysomething meets Real Housewives.

May 14, 2013

I enjoyed this book as I've enjoyed all of this author's books.

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