In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Marisa de los Santos's heartfelt novels comes this beautiful and touching full-bodied contemporary story sure to propel Ellyn Bache among the top ranks of women's fiction writers
In a close-knit suburban development, four women find their lives thrown into sharp relief as they tie white ribbons to trees in front of their house - a gesture of support and affection for a long-time neighbor who has fallen ill.
During the tense three months that follow, comforting their friend also makes each of them remember how to celebrate the joys and triumphs of love, family, and girlfriends. As the days go by, these sisters in spirit grow closer, bonded by a new sense of hope, courage, and strength that will help them face any challenge, cherish every wonder, and, ultimately, learn to let go. And in the afterglow of someone else's life, each will discover that her own is brighter and more precious than shed ever dreamed.
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"What appears to be standard women's fare deepens into something more engaging." - Library Journal
"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
"The Art of Saying Goodbye is a deeply felt and beautiful story that portrays what friends can mean to each other in ways that are difficult to articulate, and Bache has done so here in perfect pitch. Bravo!" - Dorothea Benton Frank, bestselling author of Sullivan's Island and Folly Beach
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A native of Washington, D.C., Ellyn Bache studied English at the Universities of North Carolina and Maryland, but didn't begin writing seriously until the first two of her four children were born and she knew, for sanity's sake, she'd better find an "adult" activity to do at home during the children's naps. She began as a freelance newspaper journalist while teaching herself to write fiction. After nearly six years of rejection slips, her short stories began to be published in both commercial magazines, including Good Housekeeping and Seventeen, and literary magazines ranging from Shenandoah to the Carolina Quarterly. A collection of sixteen of her stories, The Value of Kindness, won the Willa Cather Fiction Prize.
After more than twenty years living in Wilmington, North Carolina, Bache now divides her time between the Carolinas and Pennsylvania. You can visit her website at http://ellynbache.com.
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