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THE ART OF MENDING
by Elizabeth Berg

Genre: Mainstream

2004 Best Women's Fiction Novel Nominee

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Berg, well known for her lyrical writing style, explores deep-seated family secrets in her latest read. Berg writes with a sense of realism that offers an inside view into one family's deepest secrets. This well-crafted novel cleverly depicts human frailties.

Fifty-something master quilter Laura Meyer Bartone lives in North Dakota with her husband and children. They're getting ready to reunite with her family for the annual state fair in Minnesota when Laura receives a phone call from her younger sister, Caroline, asking to meet with her and their middle sibling, Steve, in private upon their arrival.

Caroline asks her siblings to help her recall their childhood and possible memories of abuse that she believes are real. Shocked at first, Laura and Steve work to understand their troubled sister and begin to recall events long buried. While the siblings struggle to understand the past, the death of their father releases the last of their secrets.

(Apr., 236 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Random House

Published: April 2004

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