The Art of Saying Goodbye

The Art of Saying Goodbye

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In a gesture of support and affection for a long-time neighbor who has fallen ill, women in a suburban development tie white ribbons to trees in front of their houses and embark on a powerful journey of transformation. Paisley Lamm has always been the neighborhood star, an effervescent beauty whose charm draws all of them in. As they grapple with her illness, they begin to see the issues in their own lives with new perspective: a marriage put on hold because of a difficult child, a nurse's eerie and unwanted gift of diagnosis, a widow's destructive bitterness, and the price of a successful career -- all come into play to shape their stories. As they learn to say goodbye, Paisley's neighbors draw from her the courage to change, and they discover that life is richer and more precious than they ever imagined.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2011
Edition: Center Point large print ed
ISBN: 9781611731743
Characteristics: 383 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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SpringAltman Jul 19, 2014

A close kit neighborhood must find a way to come to terms with the enpending death of its most dear member, as she surcomes to cancer.


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Sep 11, 2011

From the book jacket. She was the thread with which their tapestry was woven. With a group of women as diverse as the ladies of Brightwood Trace, you might not think them to be close. There's Julianne, a nurse with an unsettling psychic ability that allows her to literally feel what her patients feel; Andrea, a strong fortress sheltering a faltering core; Ginger a mother torn between being a stay-at-home mom and following her career aspirations; and Iona, the oldest, whose feisty, no-nonsense attitude disarms even the toughest of the tough. Not exactly the ingredients for the most cohesive cocktail...until you add Paisley, the liveliest and friendliest of the clan, who breathed life into them all. But when their glowing leader falls ill with cancer, it's up to these women to do what Paisley has done for them since the beginning: lift her up. Overcoming and accepting the inevitability of loss, they draw closer together than ever, finding the strength to embrace and cherish their lives with acceptance, gratitude, and most important, love. Finally living with the vigor that Paisley has shown them from the start, they are able to see their lives in a new light, while learning to say goodbye to the brightest star they've ever known. Over the course of just three months, these four women will undergo a magnificent transformation that leaves nobody unchanged.


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SpringAltman Jul 19, 2014

What is the measure of a person's life?


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