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IMMEDIATE FAMILY
by Eileen Goudge

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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The bonds of friendship are
sometimes tighter than the ties of
your own family. That's the general
theme running through Goudge's
new novel.

Fifteen years after their college
graduation, four friends find they
are as tight now as they were then,
even though their lives have changed dramatically. Emerson, who has always enjoyed the good life, is now a divorced single mom with the desire for a man who could change everything she's
ever known in a second. Jay is married and due to be a dad any day, while Franny wishes for a little one of her own. Stevie's used to reporting the news, not having her life be a part of the dramatic events other people cringe at. Their stories
are unique, and in the way of true friends, they unite to conquer life's
ups and downs.

While the overlying tone of
the book has good intentions, the
story is slow moving and very difficult
to get into. As dramatic and detailed
as Goudge's writing is, her gifts are
not strongly displayed in this story.
The characters are heartwarming,
but her dialogue is wearing and
takes away from the story as a whole.

The overarching theme that friends sometimes equal a family is a good
one, but it could have been developed much more deeply. Goudge may
have written a good beach read, but chances are it would take most of the vacation to get past the first few chapters. (May, 352 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Kristen Foley

Publisher: Pocket

Published: May 2006

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