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Promises to keep
Jane Green
Adult Fiction GREEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Green's 12th novel, Callie Perry is a happily married photographer with two wonderful kids, a lovable sister, Steffi, and a best friend, Lila. Problems are minor: Steffi can never settle down, Lila has finally found love but the guy has a nightmare of an ex, and Callie and Steffi's divorced parents haven't spoken in 30 years. But then Callie, a breast cancer survivor, is diagnosed with a rare and incurable complication of the disease. Suddenly realizing that she has only months to live, she begins the painful process of saying good-bye. While the subject matter is intense and personal, it's far from depressing; the characters are warm, funny and realistic. Green (The Beach House) manages to create an authentic tale of a woman who truly loves her life and family and is trying to do the right thing for them before she dies. While Green breaks up her chapters with recipes (presumably because Steffi is a cook), this peculiar modern conceit in women's literature feels like a misstep. Overall, Green once again delivers an enjoyable emotional story. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Green's 12th novel (after Second Chance) is an endearing, compassionate look at the Tollemache family-Callie; Steff; their divorced parents, Honor and Walter; and Callie's best friend, Lila. Callie is a successful photographer with two children and a husband she adores, while Steff, though 33 years old with an amazing cooking talent, hasn't yet settled down. Their parents have not spoken since their divorce almost 30 years ago, and Lila has finally found true love at the age of 40 but doesn't want children. When Callie is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, all the characters question what they really want from life as they watch Callie fight for hers. VERDICT Green doesn't disappoint with this moving story (inspired by a friend's illness) that's filled with warm characters and softened with humor. Includes recipes between chapters. [Previewed as The Love Verb in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/10; seven-city tour.]-Anne Miskewitch, Chicago P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Callie Perry
Female
Married
Has two kids; sister can't settle down; breast cancer survivor; diagnosed with a rare complication of the disease; begins the process of saying goodbye to those she loves.
Photographer

Steff
Female
Callie's sister; free-spirited; jumps between jobs and boyfriends; can't cook though her current job is a vegan chef.
Chef

Lila Grossman
Female
Callie's best friend; finally found true love in a man with two wonderful kids and an ex-wife who hates her.



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