Friday, July 5, 2013

Tapestry of Fortunes

Title:  Tapestry of Fortunes
Author:  Elizabeth Berg
Publication Information:  Random House, Inc. 2013. 219 pages.

Book Source:  I read this book because the title and description sounded interesting.

Favorite Quote:  "Our own individual life history is also shaped that way. In large part, when you factor out fate, what we are is because of what we believe about ourselves. Wherever we are in the world, we mostly live in the small space between our ears."

Tapestry of Fortunes is a story of middle-aged women at different crossroads in their lives. They are brought together by circumstance and then friendship. Cece is single and attempting to recover from the death of her best friend. She is rebuilding her life, which includes selling her house, moving into a shared house with other women, and reconnecting with an old love. Her housemates are all struggling with issues in their own lives - estranged children, rebellion, divorce, to name a few.

There is instant friendship. There is an instant telling of secrets. There is consulting of tarot cards and tea leaves to divine the future. There is a road trip. There is a vision of things all working out with little effort and little angst.

In other words, the book lacks reality. It deals with characters who are supposed to be mature adults. Yet, it does not read that way. The characters are not developed. The situations seem unrealistic. The emotions are forced.

The book has a lovely cover, and the description sounded promising for a light summer read. Unfortunately, I should have stopped at the lovely cover.

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