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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope J. Stokes Narrator: Patricia Kalember Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Thirty years ago, Grace and her college roommates (Liz, Tess, and Lovey) made a solemn vow: to hold on to their friendship, to support one another, to keep in touch through a circle journal that would make the rounds among them. And they promised always to tell one another the truth.

For three decades that journal has been circulating, carrying stories of Liz's social justice activism in Atlanta and D.C., of Tess's fulfilling career and perfect home life, of Lovey's dream marriage to a wealthy and powerful former pro football player. But what is Grace to say? Her friends seem so happy and successful. She can't bear to tell them how her life has spiraled downward since college, and she can't bring herself to be honest about the dismal realities and bitter memories she faces everyday.

She never intends to deceive them, not initially, anyway. She simply embellishes the truth a little, presents her life as a bit more respectable than it really is. But over the years one exaggeration leads to another, and the fiction grows...

Until she discovers that she's going to die.

Alone and desolate and with little left to lose, Grace determines to take the risk of a lifetime, to reach out to Liz and Tess and Lovey again. And when they reunite, her final battle becomes their struggle as well, a quest for truth, honesty, and enduring emotional connection.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maureen | 2/15/2014

    " It was a little depressing at first because it seemed they all had terrible lives but it ended okay. It was interesting to hear what they come up with for the definition of truth. Some things to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Loni Spendlove | 2/4/2014

    " I've always wanted to write a book about the power of friendships, but apparently it has been written by Penelope Stokes! This was a beautiful journey through the years as college women find unexpected kinship between 4 different personalities, and learn to love one another. As life's hardships happen, they build unnecessary walls that prevent the full measure of love they could glean from the friendship. Only when death faces one of them do they reach out to fully complete the circle that connected them from the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane Hoppe | 1/30/2014

    " Four women learn (the hard way) that transparency with true friends leads to intimacy. In spite of the pain, the joys of intimate friendships are worth everything. Stokes tells the stories of 30 years of secrets in these college friends' lives; I could identify with parts of all the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leigh Anne Wilkes | 1/30/2014

    " Story of friendship and forgiveness. I group of friends are reunited years later and learn to understand and love each other all over again. "

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About the Author

Penelope J. Stokes is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Circle of Grace. She holds a PhD in Renaissance literature and has taught college level writing and literature.