A Good Man
نویسنده: Judith Henry Wall
ناشر: Simon & Schuster
زبان کتاب: انگلیسی
تعداد صفحه: 336
اندازه کتاب: رقعی - سال انتشار: 2005 - دوره چاپ: 1
مروری بر کتاب
From the acclaimed author of The Girlfriends Club a deeply affecting novel that tests the bonds of friendship against the long-buried pangs of first love
Three childhood best friends reunite after decades of silence in Wall's latest novel (after The Girlfriends Club). Growing up in rural Texas, Rhonda, Holly and Gina Kay vowed to be best friends forever. "But, the forever part turned out to be a pipe dream," and the fate of the friendship changed course the day that Gina Kay eloped with Terry, Rhonda's one and only true love.
Twenty-five years later, their paths cross again at Terry's funeral, and Gina Kay convinces her old friends to trek to New York City for a five-day retreat where, she promises, she'll tell them the truth behind her marriage to Terry.
The women are all on different career paths by then-Rhonda is a high-powered attorney, Holly an accomplished seamstress, Gina Kay a cattle rancher-but once in New York, the years of silence break down to reveal the many hurdles each one has faced. Rhonda's marriage is on the fritz because she's still holding onto the love she had for Terry; Holly is torn between her dream to become a hot fashion designer and her devotion to her family; and Gina Kay recovers from the brutal disappointments behind her picture-perfect marriage.
Though Wall's prose style is often flat and her characters' emotions somewhat predictable, her plot lines are engrossing and her ending brings a satisfying conclusion to this reassuring tale of redemption, hope and, most of all, friendship.
Rhonda, Gina Kay, and Holly were the best of friends in their small-town Texas high school until the day Gina Kay ran off and married Rhonda's boyfriend, Terry Robertson. Now, twenty-five years later, news of Terry's sudden death has reunited them, and brought to the surface old bonds and betrayals they thought they'd left behind.
The three old friends share a trip to New York City, where Gina Kay promises to finally reveal why and how she stole the love of Rhonda's life and ruined a friendship that was supposed to last forever. Over the course of that tumultuous trip, the women find themselves reconsidering their lives, the choices they made, the men they married, and all the paths not taken. As girls, they were stifled by their parents' expectations, small-town life, and the inevitability of biology.
How many of their dreams did they actually pursue, and how many have they relinquished? If Rhonda had married Terry instead, would all of their lives have turned out differently?
A Good Man is a novel about good friends, first loves, shocking disloyalty, long-held secrets, and that ever-present question -- what if?