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The myth of you and me : a novel
Leah Stewart
Adult Fiction STEWART

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Stewart peers into the complicated heart of friendship in a moving second novel (after 2000's Body of a Girl). Ever since a cataclysmic falling out with her best friend, Sonia, after college, Cameron's closest companion has been Oliver, the 92-year-old historian she lives with and cares for in Oxford, Miss. Oliver's death leaves Cameron alone and adrift, until she discovers that he has given her one last task: she must track down her estranged best friend (whose letter announcing her engagement Cameron had so recently ignored) and deliver a mysterious present to her. Cameron's journey leads her back to the people, places and memories of their shared past, when they called themselves "Cameronia" and swore to be friends forever. It was a relationship more powerful than romantic loveAyet romantic love (or sex, anyway) could still wreck it. Stewart lures the reader forward with two unanswered questions: What was the disaster that ended their friendship, and what will be revealed when Cameron and Sonia are together again and Oliver's package is finally opened? The book is heartfelt and its characters believable jigsaw puzzles of insecurities, talents and secrets, and if Cameron's carefully guarded anger makes her occasionally disagreeable, readers will nevertheless welcome her happy ending. Agent, Gail Hochman. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Stewart's Bildungsroman contains several incandescently beautiful passages about the challenges awaiting young women as they come of age. Cameron, the narrator, is reflecting on her youth and reminiscing about Sonia, a troubled and difficult girlhood friend. Their bond withstood several impediments, including the dysfunctional behaviors of Sonia's family, but Cameron ultimately decided to end their friendship. A decade later, in an effort to reconnect, Sonia mails a letter to Cameron, which Cameron ignores until her mentor and employer intervenes. At his behest, Cameron sets off in search of her old friend. Traveling around America, Cameron reunites with a number of individuals and finds herself questioning their immeasurable influence. In this well-developed personality study, Stewart (Body of a Girl) highlights the various Southwestern, Northeastern, and Southern geographical terrains that figure prominently in Cameron's quest. The story, filled with secrets and treasures, is a well-executed, compelling look at attraction, love, and trust. Recommended for all popular fiction collections.-Andrea Tarr, Corona P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Cameron
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Age: 31
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Companion to an aging historian; selfless.
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Sonia
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