By Kristin Hannah

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married younger, raised daughters, and weathered the storms of stripling as they equipped a family members. From a distance, their lives glance photo excellent. yet after the ladies depart domestic, Jack and Elizabeth quietly flow aside. while Jack accepts an excellent new activity, Elizabeth places her personal wishes apart to persist with him around the state. Then tragedy turns Elizabeth’s global the other way up. within the aftermath, she questions every thing approximately her life—her offerings, her marriage, even her long-forgotten desires. In a bold stream that shocks her husband, acquaintances, and daughters, she we could move of the lady she has become—and reaches out for the girl she desires to be.Look for specified good points within. subscribe to the Circle for writer chats and extra.

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He plays the harmonica. ” She laughed. “They call themselves Dog Boys. ” Elizabeth nodded stiffly. Joey kept talking, smiling all the while. All around the circle, women chatted with one another about ordinary things. Kids’ school schedules, loser ex-husbands, dead-end jobs, and child-support checks. The voices blended into a steady, blurring drone. More women drifted into the room, took seats in the semicircle. Some joined in the conversation. Others, like Elizabeth, sat quietly. Finally, Sarah closed the door and took a seat in the middle of the group.

Macramé. Photography. Photo and memory albums. And then there were the endless classes she’d taken at local community colleges. Shakespearean literature, art history, political science. Once she’d lost her ability to paint, she’d gone in search of a substitute, something that would light a fire of creativity inside her. Nothing had ever taken hold. Jack rinsed out the coffeepot and placed it gently back in place. He looked tired, and no wonder. He’d tossed and turned all night long. ” she said.

Kim gave Sarah a look of barely veiled contempt. “Can I find that crocheted on a pillow somewhere? Really. ” Sarah let the silence continue for a moment, then nodded at the woman beside Kim, who immediately started talking. After her, another spoke, then another and another. Elizabeth realized suddenly that it was her turn. Everyone looked at her. Sit here like a rock, huh, Meg? She’d look like an idiot if she passed. She took a deep breath. “I’m Elizabeth. I’m an ordinary housewife with two grown daughters.

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