31 Days of Reading Well: Day 5

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The other day on my Facebook group wall, I said there was only one other book I could think of that makes me cry like a baby each time I read it. 

Any guesses?

I’m trying to think of a really sad book. And I can’t even come up with anything. Even though someone once said all great literature is sad/depressing.

Since you’d never guess anyway, that book for me is The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney. It’s not a book with high critical acclaim (the Amazon review calls it “formulaic,” although I disagree). I believe most of Gaffney’s other books are the kind of romance novel I don’t read. (You know. Lots of bosoms and dashing gentlemen, whether they’re historical or present-day.)

My best friend Michelle and I had just come down from a woman-friendship high after reading The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. She recommended this one to me, and I devoured it.

It’s no Divine Secrets. It is the story of four women in DC, their lives and friendships and marriages and lack thereof. A single working woman, a married woman, an infertile married woman, and a divorced breast cancer survivor bond together and live life.

Those simple characters are real enough to send me into a sobbing mess about two-thirds of the way through the book. And thus, it earns a place on my favorites list.

(Sorry this is so late and somewhat cut off. I have felt awful today and about mid-day realized it was a nasty case of mastitis. UGH.)

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2 thoughts on “31 Days of Reading Well: Day 5

  1. I seriously can't believe you're posting with your issues. You poor thing. Please take care of yourself and get well!

    The Saving Graces was not one of my favorites (and we usually match up so well!). Oh my, I cry at so many books. Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns? It is the book I compare all sad books to. Great book, but there were times when I was reading that I felt like I couldn't breathe. And, I wept.

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