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Talk Before Sleep By Elizabeth Berg, Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg Talk Before Sleep is a novel about women and about the bonds between them It is a story about friendship, personal growth, fear, love and faith Ann Stanley and Ruth Thomas are in their early s, and are the best of friends They are like soul mates sharing their joy and pain, hopes and disappointments. Talk Before Sleep A Novel Elizabeth Berg Aug , Deeply moving and surprisingly funny, Talk Before Sleep is an intimate, uncensored portrait of love and loss, struggle and resilience Tender and irreverent by turns, Talk Before Sleep offers mature, intelligent and buoyant spirit, like a very good friend Houston Post Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg, Paperback Barnes Talk Before Sleep is a story of a woman who loses her friend for good Each page brings me closer to my own heart There are few writers who can keep simplistic continuity close to the bone. Talk Before Sleep Elizabeth Berg Talk Before Sleep Random House Ann and Ruth, women in their mid forties, are unlikely friends Ann is conservative, doubtful of herself, afraid to take chances Ruth is a wild woman in the best sense of the word, an artist who speaks her mind and goes where her heart leads her. Fiction Book Review Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg Because it is rendered with such clarity, authority and feeling, Berg s novel may cause readers to forget that this story of a woman s death from cancer is fiction Berg s Durable Goods depiction Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg Deeply moving and surprisingly funny, Talk Before Sleep is an intimate, uncensored portrait of love and loss, struggle and resilience Tender and irreverent by turns, Talk Before Sleep offers mature, intelligent and buoyant spirit, like a very good friend Houston Post Entertaining, finely crafted . Talk Before Sleep Bookreporter Elizabeth Berg s emotionally charged novel, TALK BEFORE SLEEP, was the American Library Association s Best Book of the Year for After hitting the New York Times bestseller list, it became a staple of book clubs who found Berg s writing to be honest and

  • Title: Talk Before Sleep
  • Author: Elizabeth Berg
  • ISBN: 9780345491251
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • Until that moment, I hadn t realized how much I d been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to They met at a party It was hate at first sight Ruth was far too beautiful, too flamboyant Not at all Ann s kind of person Until a chance encounter in the bathroom led to an alliance of souls Soon they were sharing hankies during the late showing o Until that moment, I hadn t realized how much I d been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to They met at a party It was hate at first sight Ruth was far too beautiful, too flamboyant Not at all Ann s kind of person Until a chance encounter in the bathroom led to an alliance of souls Soon they were sharing hankies during the late showing of Sophie s Choice, wolfing down sundaes sodden with whipped cream, telling truths of marriage, mortality, and love, secure in a kind of intimacy no man could ever know Only best friends understand devil s food cake for breakfast when nothing else will do After years of shared secrets, guilty pleasures, family life and divorce, they face a crisis that redefines the meaning of friendship and unconditional love.From the Paperback edition.
    Talk Before Sleep Until that moment I hadn t realized how much I d been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to They met at a party It was hate at first sight Ruth was far too beautiful too flamb

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    1. Talk Before Sleep is a novel that overwhelmed me I became totally involved with the characters, and find myself unable to analyze this book or discuss it unemotionally It is a novel that I actually felt the emotion is real, strong, and beautiful, and if there are flaws with the book s structure, I am unable to identify them The experience of reading this novel was rich, personal and deeply moving Talk Before Sleep is a novel about women and about the bonds between them It is a story about friend [...]

    2. I read this book when it was first written and then again a few years ago.I gave it to my mother to read as well as a few friends It became a favorite and remains one still.I was about 21 when it first came out I was interested in the friendships of the women in the story and now that I am older I feel I relate even to the issues surrounding them Elizabeth Berg knows how to write about women This is a novel about true friendship, love, and loss The feelings of love the friends have for each oth [...]

    3. Elizabeth Berg is an expert at writing dialogue between women, and expressing how women draw strength and understanding from their close female friends In Talk Before Sleep Ann Stanley is helping to care for her best friend, Ruth Thomas, in her losing fight with metastatic breast cancer She is joined by three other friends of Ruth who each offer support in their own way.Ann is a former nurse, a quiet woman who is devoted to her family Ruth, an artist, is unconventional and spontaneous When Ruth [...]

    4. This is a novel about two middle aged women, Ruth and Ann, best friends, one of whom is dying of cancer, the other of whom is taking care of her The scenes concerning Ruth s illness are interspersed with flashback style scenes depicting Ruth and Ann s friendship in the years before she became sick The scenes regarding Ruth s cancer and Ann s caretaking were sometimes beautiful and wise The flashback scenes were typical women s fiction stuff where they complained endlessly about their husbands an [...]

    5. I m not sure why I picked this book up from the library I thought this was going to be about female bonding and the nature of close female friends unfortunately, it was a dramatic although probably accurate look at one woman s friend dying of breast cancer Neither women are particularly endearing, however there s nothing inspiring about their plight pre cancer, and Berg s writing doesn t help either I d be better off reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants again.

    6. Short and oh so sweet and moving The bonds between friends becomes evident when Ann cares for Ruth, her long time best friend with breast cancer who is in her last days before death consumes her There are many funny conversations but the heart felt conversations are real and poignant Life and marriage and motherhood are touched upon and this is a book to be felt deeply.

    7. I wish I could have liked this at all given the subject and inspiration for the novel It s a story told by Ann in first person about her best friend Ruth who is dying of cancer The story is mostly told in present tense, but there are frequent flashbacks telling us about their friendship in the past tense I don t have complaints about the style It s fine, even if not something that invokes writer s envy My problem is that the story and characters left me cold.A note from the author says the book [...]

    8. A beautifully told story about two best friends, Ann and Ruth, and what happens after Ruth is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer Not only is Ann by her side, but also Ruth s small but eclectic group of her other friends gather by her side also, and each person helps Ruth in her own unique way.I was drawn to this story because I also have terminal breast cancer, and I was glad to see the author tackle this subject she also lost a good friend to breast cancer and tell the truth about it that br [...]

    9. This book is about a friendship between two very different women Ann, a pretty traditional homemaker mother and her best friend, Ruth, who is beautiful and flamboyant quite unlike Ann No spoiler here from the beginning of the book, you learn that Ruth is dying of late stage breast cancer, and is being cared for at her home by numerous friends, the closest of whom is Ann Despite the sad situation of Ruth s dying, I found her to be a very unlikeable, selfish and shallow person, and had a hard time [...]

    10. This was the second Elizabeth Berg book I have read A co worker was moved by this book and recommended it I just don t seem to connect with this particular author Especially with this topic, I didn t feel as much as I think I should.

    11. Probably not the right book for me at this time of my life My oldest sister is dying from colon cancer and my dad was diagnosed this year with the same sickness, colon cancer but hopefully we were on time.With all that going on I have obviously been thinking a lot about death over the last past months.I have read about 65% of it and yes it is hard for me to read but still a good book with some interesting parts that I highlighted on my kindle This one I want to mean something,I want it to matter [...]

    12. This is the kind of novel I normally don t love to read It is probably chick lit and it is definitely meant to be a tear jerker The thing is, I have watched the slow death of someone I love and I think Berg probably has as well She gets some of the most important aspects of that right How is it that we dare to honk at others in traffic, when we know nothing about where they have just come from or what they are on their way to I remember the exact order of the canned soup in the cupboard, and the [...]

    13. Quick read, but very deep very best Your typical two best women friends one is outgoing, free spirited artistic, the other is quiet, reserved safe The fun one gets a terminal illness, the safe one narrates And that s where the run of the mill feel ends The does a beautiful job of telling a story without overdoing it, and painting a picture of what it s like to love someone who s dying without doing the experience the injustice of making everything neat and predictible Having worked in hospice fo [...]

    14. Most of us read to be enlightened or moved This book did both On one level, it s a story about girlfriends, and how women need each other On another, and this is the main theme I think, it s about treasuring what you have and treating yourself well in your own life There s a scene in here about Ann preparing a fussy, precisely made breakfast for Ruth, who is sick Ruth aggravates Ann by sending her back to the kitchen to improve the meal Ann thinks, What a bitch But complies And then when the per [...]

    15. In this heartbreaking novel about love and letting go, Ann chronicles the powerful story of her best friend Ruth s struggle with breast cancer from diagnosis, to denial, to fear, and finally to acceptance, as well as sharing her own experience in coping with the tragic truth and nurturing her friend as best as she can The author superbly captures the female experience, both in the dialogue and actions of the characters All of her characters are realistic and so easy to relate to, and she really [...]

    16. I won t rest until I ve read every word Elizabeth Berg has written, but though her writing was, of course, beautiful, I didn t like these characters.If the main character hadn t been sick no spoiler alert, you learn this on page six, or the back cover, if you read those , I wouldn t have felt any sympathy for her character She was selfish and unlikeable.Still EB brings even a mediocre book about illness up with her prose and themes.If you want to read a beautiful book about women and friendship, [...]

    17. Hard to say which is depressing reading this book or seeing a beloved household pet get run over by a car.The Hartford Courant calls this book A Triumph A triumph over what Joy Happiness A direct quote from the book I haven t yet let myself feel how grateful I am to be back in my own bed, but I know it s coming And I know I d better get ready Because feeling good will feel awful The writing was fine, the sentiments expressed intelligently, but for crying out loud Literally For crying out loud

    18. What an incredible book I bawled my eyes out Ms Berg just made the emotion of losing a dear friend to breast cancer so real This was a book of incredible friendship and love It reminded me how important it is to be happy in the moment, to find joy in the people in your life I loved the quirky characters, they were all so real by the end of the book.This was just an amazingly beautiful book Everytime I feel a breeze, I ll be reminded of this book and of the eternity of friendships and our ties to [...]

    19. This is one of my favorite books of all time It s a little gem I gave a copy to my aunt after her sister died of cancer She loved it I highly recommend it.

    20. I don t know what it is about Berg, but she just seems to GET people I think I m going to have to search out of her books for the characterization alone I don t necessarily love the characters or even like them but they are so multi dimensional and react like real people that I can t help but get sucked in This particular book is about women s friendships Phew complicated, right Now add in that Ruth is dying from breast cancer and it gets even complicated.I could chat and chat about this book [...]

    21. I have read this book about 10 times I recommend it to my friends and have been known to buy this for friends I have given this to friends and never gotten back and then bought it again because I have to have it in my library.It s a book about friends, three friends, who are drawn closer because of one friends illness, cancer It s about the progress of her disease and what it does to her friends and their friendship.I love this author She was in KC once and I went and listened to her as she read [...]

    22. This book enabled me to survive and HONOR my lovely sister Leslie s journey through ovarian cancer She also read the book long before her diagnosis When she got the message she was terminal I told her I would be her talk before sleep She knew exactly what that meant and that I would honor her talking about death HARD as it may have been, I don t think I would have been as prepared with out this story READ this WAY BEFORE you need this and please be sure to honor the ability to share someones jou [...]

    23. This book is not for you if you are looking for adventure and great plot twists.Berg tells you before the book begins Not long ago, I lost a very important friend to breast cancer I wanted to write about my experience in a fictional way, to create characters and events that, although imagined, would testify to the emotional truth of all that happened I laughed and cried through this book I called my best friends to tell them how very much I loved them I loved Berg s celebration of the sacredness [...]

    24. This is one of my favorite booksd Berg is one of my favorite authors I came across this book when my friend was in college she was minoring in drama and had to do a dramatic reading from this text I ve read it and even listened to it on audio many timesd it never fails to bring me to a place of both overwhelming sadness and sincere thankfulness for my life and the people who have graced it The pureness of the emotions in this book cleanses me I feel emotionally drained, yet utterly fulfilled aft [...]

    25. If you have ever lost a loved one who is also a dear friend to cancer, specifically breast cancer, pick up Talk Before Sleep next time you are at your local library or bookstore With the turn of the pages I laughed and smiled, and I also cried It helped me in a unique way to deal with the grief I still have over the death of my lovely and wonderful Aunt Diana last fall Berg manages to put into eloquent words so many situations and feelings that just ring true Highly recommended.

    26. I like Elizabeth Berg in general, but this book didn t move me I know I was supposed to have empathy for at least one character, but they were all so shallow and one sided that it was hard to care I thought sending the character with cancer whose name I can t even remember now, which tells you a lot how memorable she was out of the narrative at the end was a cop out All in all, I felt this was a weird, uncomfortable book.

    27. Oh just Oh Good thing I read this on my nook because a paperback would be completely soaked My new all time favorite

    28. Ann is processing the impending death of her friend Ruth s death from breast cancer A small and mighty circle of woman friends helps Ruth work through the stages associated with the grief of dying Written in Berg s usual down home style wherein beauty is observed and life s frailties are examined and over come, some of this rang true, yet other parts of the book seemed forced.I liked the book though, and could relate to much of it because I lost a female friend to ovarian cancer Ann s husband an [...]

    29. Two years ago, today, I lost my mother to colon cancer Today, I decided I needed to finish this book through I don t know if that was the best or worst choice to make today, but I made that choice A few days ago, I put it down and almost didn t pick it back up, and it was for the stupidest reason the explanation of Ruth getting bigger prosthetic breasts, going from a 34 A to a 38 C No, it didn t bother me that she went bigger, it was the number the irked me that s the measurement around your rib [...]

    30. How in the world did I not know about Elizabeth Berg This is a fantastic book I found myself taking notes w in the first couple of chapters This is always a great sign I love authors who write w such intelligence that it saturates the story page by page You would think that there is nothing funny about cancer and there isn t, about the disease itself.BUT In order to have the strength to deal w it the characters, very naturally, did find things to laugh about This was quite a pleasant surprise Oh [...]

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