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Book Title: Five Fortunes|
The author of the book: Beth Gutcheon
Edition: First Cliff Street Books/HarperPerennial
Date of issue: 1999
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Reader ratings: 5.5
ISBN 13: 9780060994754
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.25 MB
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This is an older book that was first published in 1998 and was selected this month by one of my book groups. The book revolves around five women ages 20-80 who meet at a week-long health spa. Although they all bonded during the week, little did they realize that their lives would become intertwined after they departed at the end of the week.
Rae is an elderly woman with grown children who had attended the spa over 25 times. She is wealthy and married to a man who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Amy and Jill are a mother and daughter attending together. Amy is married to a successful, busy doctor and Jill is overweight and has struggled with depression after being raped as a young teenager. Carter is a tall divorcee who is a private investigator, and Laurie has recently lost her popular politician husband who was killed in a plane accident. Their lives take them in directions none of them anticipated and the book examines female friendships, politics, mother/daughter relationships, and motherhood.
There were a few things in the book that seemed to me to be somewhat contrived, but that didn’t detract a huge amount from the enjoyment of the book. I was surprised that given how old the book is, the political topics being portrayed are still the same ones today, so although other aspects were a little dated, that aspect was surprisingly not as dated feeling.
Although a little on the long side, around 400 pages, this was not a difficult read. It read more like a beach read. This book would appeal to women who are looking for a lighter read about women’s relationships and women who are strong or become stronger during the book.
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Read information about the authorBeth Gutcheon grew up in western Pennsylvania. She was educated at Harvard where she took an honors BA in English literature. She has spent most of her adult life in New York City, except for sojourns in San Francisco and on the coast of Maine. In 1978, she wrote the narration for a feature-length documentary on the Kirov ballet school, The Children of Theatre Street, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and she has made her living fulltime as a storyteller (novelist and sometime screenwriter) since then. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages, if you count the pirate Chinese edition of Still Missing, plus large print and audio format. Still Missing was made into a feature film called Without a Trace, and also published in a Reader’s Digest Condensed version which particularly pleased her mother. Several of her novels have been national bestsellers, including the most recent, Leeway Cottage. All of the novels are available in new uniform paperback editions from HarperPerennial.
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