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The Safety of Secrets

by Delaune Michel

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The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel
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  • Published in USA  May 2008
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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"Now we're just alike." So begins Fiona and Patricia's friendship that warm autumn morning in first grade in Lake Charles, Louisiana, their bond forged ever closer by Fiona's abusive mother and Patricia's neglectful one. Their relationship is a source of continuity and strength through their move to L.A. to become actresses; through Fiona's marriage and Patricia's sudden fame. When husband and career pressures exact a toll, the women wonder if their friendship can survive. Then a dark secret from their past emerges, threatening to destroy not only their bond, but all they've worked for as well.

The Safety of Secrets is a beautifully written exploration of the bonds forged in childhood and challenged decades later, of the fulfillment of dreams and the damage they can cause, and of secrets being uncovered and the truth we find inside.

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"Michel is deeply attuned to the subtleties in women’s friendships, the little nuances that indicate a slight or an attempt at making up for one, and she pays tribute to them with this layered, fluid novel." - Booklist, Kristine Huntley.

"Funny and touching, this is a tale of childhood--and how it never ends." - Cathleen Schine, author of The New Yorkers.

"At once funny, moving, and richly evocative of contemporary Los Angeles, The Safety of Secrets more than confirms its promise." - Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood.

"Written with tremendous narrative velocity, The Safety of Secrets is almost impossible to put down." - Dani Shapiro, award-winning, best-selling writer

"The Safety of Secrets is a funny, keenly observed, deeply moving story of coming of age too soon. DeLauné Michel’s elegantly structured novel jumps back and forth between an imperfect childhood in Louisiana, and a complicated adulthood in Los Angeles." - Warren Leight, Tony-award winning playwright of Side Man.

"A beautifully written book that takes you into the mind of a woman attempting the impossible; trying to make marriage, motherhood, friendship and a career as an actress all work in the gladiatorial ring of Los Angeles. DeLauné Michel writes with the precision and insight of an x-ray." - Merrill Markoe, New York Times best-selling author.

"DeLauné Michel has written a terrifically funny book with a very tender heart. It manages to be wonderfully confessional and psychologically mysterious. The Safety of Secrets is the perfect 'curl up on-the couch and read all day long' kind of book. It stays with you." - Jill A. Davis, author of Ask Again Later & Girls' Poker Night

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Delaune Michel Author Biography

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DeLauné Michel was raised in South Louisiana in a literary family that includes her uncle André Dubus, her mother Elizabeth Nell Dubus, and her cousin James Lee Burke.

Ms. Michel was named for Helene DeLauné, the first woman over from France on her mother's side of the family. Helene DeLauné was in the court of Marie Antoinette and her husband, Jules André, fought in the French Revolution. Antoinette gave Helene DeLauné jewels to help her and her husband escape to South Louisiana, a far cry from the court of France! Ms. Michel's father's family was the eleventh family in New Orleans.

Upon leaving high school, Ms. Michel moved to New York City. She did some modeling there and in Europe, then spent several years studying acting in NYC ...

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