In this exquisite new novel by best-selling writer Elizabeth Berg, a young woman falls in love -- and learns how sorrow can lead to an understanding of joy. Katie, the narrator, has relocated to Missouri with her distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: her much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only friends fall far short of ideal companions. When she accidentally falls through the ice while skating, she meets Jimmy. He is handsome, far older than she, and married, but she is entranced. As their relationship unfolds, so too does Katie's awareness of the pain and intensity first love can bring. Beautifully written in Berg's irresistible voice, Joy School portrays the soaring happiness one can feel at real love, the deep despair when it goes unrequited, and the stubbornness of hope that will not let us go. Here also is recognition that love can come in many forms and offer many different things. Joy School illuminates, too, how deep the things that hurt the most can sometimes teach us the lessons that really matter.
Until the Real Thing Comes Along:
Patty Murphy is facing that pivotal point in a woman's life when her biological clock ticks as insistently as a beating heart. Will she find Mr. Right and start a family? But Patty is in love -- with a man who is not only attractive and financially sound, but sensitive and warmhearted. There's just one small problem: He is also gay.
Against her better judgment, and pleas from family and friends, Patty refuses to give up on Ethan. Every man she dates ultimately leaves her aching for the gentle comfort and intimacy she shares with him. But even as she throws eligible bachelors to the wayside to spend yet another platonic night with Ethan, Patty longs more and more for the consolation of loving and being loved. In the meantime she must content herself with waiting -- until the real thing comes along.
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This paperback book is in good condition with several light spine creases, a reader's crease, corner wear, and a slight tilt. It was printed in the UK.