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Thayer, Nancy, 1943-
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[Large print edition].
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Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2002.

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591 pages ; 23 cm
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Rave Reviews For the Novels of Nancy Thayer Custody "This novel addresses current issues like surrogate motherhood, divorce and child custody in highly readable prose..." --Romantic Times Between Husbands & Friends "Two Massachusetts families live out a decade of births, deaths, secrets and infidelities in this moving 12th novel from Thayer....Readers...will appreciate [Thayer's] detailed, realistic records of motherhood, child-rearing and domestic routine in Sussex and Nantucket." --Publisher's Weekly "Nancy Thayer explores the complicated terrain of family relationships with perception, and the labyrinth of the human heart with compassion. Between Husbands & Friends is compelling testimony to the power of women's friendships and is brimful of passion and hope."--Anne D. LeClaire, author of Grace Point "A clear-eyed look at a friendship between two couples...Thayer [has] insights into the tangled webs woven by friendship."--Kirkus Reviews "To make things really interesting, Thayer squeezes as much tension, drama, and tragedy as she can into the novel."--Booklist An Act of Love "I just couldn't put it down . . . I couldn't guess who was telling the truth." --Good Housekeeping "Anyone who wants to get inside the skin of a contemporary woman simply has to open Nancy Thayer and start reading."--Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey "Thayer [creates] a moving chronicle of one family's pain."-Publishers Weekly "A brilliant novel ...The four main characters and the support cast come across as genuine, real people struggling to deal with the cataclysm that has left them all raw and in near ruin. In the hands of a magician like Nancy Thayer, the story line is less soap and more genuine, turning this into a classic reading experience that should not be missed by fans of relationship novels."--Harriet Klausner, Painted Rock Reviews

Author Notes

Author Nancy Thayer was born in Emporia, Kansas on December 14, 1943. She attended the University of Wichita and received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English literature. She taught freshmen English at various colleges and wrote fiction during her free time. Some of her short stories were accepted by various college literary reviews. Her first novel Stepping was published in 1980 and was adapted into a BBC radio series. Since then, she has written numerous books including Moon Shell Beach, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again, Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club Chills Out, Between Husbands and Friends, The Island House and Beachcombers.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Kelly McCleod is about to take her seat for the very first time as a family court judge. What she doesn'st realize is that the man she loves is sitting in her courtroom petitioning for a divorce from his high-profile, political wife and requesting custody of his adopted daughter. A flashback recounts how Kelly meets a stranger in a cemetery and strikes up a relationship with him without the two ever revealing their true identities. As the relationship blossoms, Kelly wrestles with how much to share with the mysterious man, how to break off her current engagement, and whether it is really possible to fall in love with someone without knowing the person's real name. The plot and characters are fairly conventional until Thayer throws a twist into the story--Kelly begins to suspect that the daughter of the man she loves is the baby she gave up when she was in college. Filled with glimpses into family court proceedings and custody battles, this is an easy read with a predictable happy ending. --Carolyn Kubisz

Publisher's Weekly Review

Women who like to read about other women's troubles will enjoy Thayer's 14th novel (after Three Women at the Water's Edge; An Act of Love; etc.), which features a novice family court judge confronting a family melodrama of her own. Just as Kelly McLeod is appointed to the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court bench, she meets and falls in love with a man whose life proves as complicated by past mistakes and present entanglements as her own. Randall Madison is battling his controlling soon-to-be ex-wife (a frigid registered nurse running for political office) for custody of their 12-year-old daughter, Tessa. Curious about her birth (she was born to a surrogate mother) and on the cusp of puberty, Tessa needs all the parenting she can get. Randall also must deal with his aging widowed father and a former lover who won't let him go quietly. Kelly is engaged to a wealthy lawyer she doesn't want to marry and must cope with her half-sister, a difficult teenager who is the daughter of Kelly's long-estranged, now-dead mother and the stepfather responsible for that estrangement. Thayer turns Kelly's easy-to-guess secret into the basis of an often engrossing tale, meticulously detailing along the way the web of court procedures developed to handle family conflicts and explaining how conflicts get resolved despite their uncomfortable fit with those procedures. Ingenuity at tackling first the court case and then Tessa's unhappy situation turns Kelly from a run-of-the-mill modern heroine into a model of negotiation. Thayer's view that motherhood requires eternal patience and parenthood an unending supply of time and money imbues the book with her trademark compassionate realism. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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