By Jennifer Weiner
Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the shrewdpermanent, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed who stumbled on her satisfied finishing after her mom got here out of the closet, her father fell out of her existence, and her ex-boyfriend begun chronicling their ex-sex lifestyles within the pages of a countrywide journal.
Now Cannie's again. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and hugely sexualized) model of her existence -- grew to become an in a single day bestseller, she dropped out of the general public eye and grew to become to writing technological know-how fiction less than a pseudonym. She's fortunately married to the tall, fascinating vitamin general practitioner Peter Krushelevansky and has settled right into a existence that she reveals splendidly predictable -- knitting within the entrance row of her daughter Joy's drama rehearsals, volunteering on the library, and taking over-forty yoga sessions along with her ally Samantha.
As arrangements for Joy's bat mitzvah commence, every little thing turns out correct in Cannie's international. Then pleasure discovers the unconventional Cannie wrote years earlier than and without warning reveals herself confronted with what she thinks is the reality approximately her personal notion -- the tale her mom concealed from her all her lifestyles. whilst Peter surprises his spouse by means of asserting he desires to have a child, the relatives is compelled to reassess its historical past, its destiny, and what it capability to be actually chuffed.
Radiantly humorous and disarmingly soft, with Weiner's whip-smart discussion and sharp observations of recent existence, Certain Girls is an unforgettable tale approximately love, loss, and the long-lasting bonds of relations.
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We go in on tiptoe because Jojo and the kids are sleeping. ” So I tell her. But without getting my hopes up because my sister’s not much of a psychologist. The sack’s sturdy, it could hold a whole marketplace, and yet, there’s nothing inside. I say a sack, but I’m not talking about those pathetic little bags they have at the supermarket that always split open. 45 46 Anna Gavalda My sack . . at least the way I picture it . . it looks more like one of those big square white-and-blue-striped contraptions that the big black mamas carry on top of their heads in Paris in the Barbès district.
He tells her “Go get dressed” as if he hadn’t heard her and she asks again:What’s going on? He answers: there’s a problem, the fetus isn’t alive anymore. She gets dressed. When she comes back to sit down, she’s silent and her face doesn’t show anything. He types a bunch of stuff on his keyboard and at the same time he makes some phone calls. ” 27 28 Anna Gavalda At the moment, she doesn’t know what to make of a statement like that. By “some not-very-fun moments,” maybe he meant the thousands of blood tests that would leave her arm a mess, or the ultrasound the next day, the images on the screen and all the measurements to understand what he would never understand.
In my head I keep repeating “Sonia” like a jackass, and I put down the magazine to look for a cigarette. I’m thirty-eight years old and I’m well aware that my life is going up in fucking smoke. The ceiling is flaking off oh-so-gently. One scratch of the fingernail and entire weeks are gone. Seriously, the other day I heard someone talking about the Gulf War. ” “In ’ninety-one,” they answered, like I needed the Britannica for the details. . But the truth is, fuck it, that was the first time I’d heard anybody mention it.
Certain Girls: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner