ONCE UPON A PROJECT
Griffin's four main characters are expertly described, and their pain, fear and joy practically leap off the pages. This is a well-written story that you'll hate to see end.
Four women about to turn 50 are reunited at the housing project where they all grew up. Elyse's older husband is showing signs of age, but does that mean she has to slow down? Susan's marriage is faltering since her diagnosis of breast cancer. Twice-divorced Grace needs a distraction. And Pat's parents forced her to give up the love of her life after a tragedy, and she never again found love. Reigniting their friendship, the women discover how important girlfriends are. (Dafina, May, 304 pp., $14.00)
B. Nakia Garner