FICTION

Tapestry of Fortunes

Random. Apr. 2013. 220p. ISBN 9780812993141. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780679644699. F
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Motivational speaker Cecelia Ross needs some movement in her life. Since the death of her best friend the year before, she's been immobilized by grief, unable to move forward. When Cece receives out of the blue a postcard from the lost love of her life, she's galvanized into action. She sells her home, takes a break from her career to volunteer at a hospice, and moves into a charming old house with three roommates, all of whom are struggling with unresolved relationship issues of their own. Bonded by mutual hope, the four women take to the road to explore choices not made, opportunities missed, and the prospect of second chances.
VERDICT Berg's (Once Upon a Time, There Was You; The Pull of the Moon) latest foray into female friendship weaves a mellifluous tapestry of the relationships that make up the fabric of our lives. As always, her writing is spare and lyrical, filled with the elegant description and profound insight that is her trademark, but the story sometimes feels rushed. These characters are delightful and Berg's fans would relish the time to know them better. Still, her writing is luminous. Not her best, but wonderful just the same.

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