Martha Moody’s first novel examines the dynamics of
friendship between two very different women. Meeting as college roommates, the
girls are surprised to learn that, despite their many differences, the two form
a bond that will last a lifetime.
Before arriving at Oberlin in
1973, Clare Mann had never met anyone like Sally Rose. Rich and beautiful,
Sally is utterly foreign to a middle-class, Midwestern protestant like
Clare—and utterly fascinating. The fascination only grows when Sally brings her
home to Los Angeles. Mr. Rose—charismatic, charming, and the owner of a
profitable business shrouded in secrecy—is nearly as compelling a figure to
Clare as he is to his own daughter. California seems like paradise after
winters in Ohio. And Clare begins to look forward desperately to these visits,
to carefree rides in Sally’s Kharmann Ghia and lazy poolside days.
As the years pass, Clare
becomes a doctor and Sally a lawyer, always remaining roommates at heart, only
a plane ride or phone call away. Marriages and divorces and births and deaths
do not separate them. But secrets might—for as Clare watches, the Rose family
begins to self-destruct before her eyes. And the things she knows are the kinds
of things that no one wants to tell a best friend. Download and start listening now!