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The Best of Us

By Sarah Pekkanen

The Best of Us
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2013,
    352 pages.

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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.

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"Fresh, appealing...the story is at turns funny and poignant." - Booklist

"Starred Review. A compelling and satisfying read...highly recommended." - Library Journal

"Chick lit with grit." - Ladies' Home Journal

"Heartbreaking and familiar." - People

"Smart and soulful, Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect." - Redbook

"Pekkanen offers a conversational writing style and a knack for making readers care about her characters… a refreshing look at the importance of female friendship." - Washington Post

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Sarah Pekkanen is the author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat. Her work has been published in People, Reader's Digest among others.. A former D.C. model, Sarah lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and three young sons.

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