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Author: Barbara Samuel Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781415912805
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Trudy Marino never expected her life to turn out perfectly. But at forty-six, she was content with what she did have: her caring husband Rick . . . twenty-plus happy years raising three accomplished kids . . . and a lovely house in the artistic, vibrantly diverse town of Pueblo, New Mexico. But a heartbreaking discovery and a suddenly shattered marriage now has Trudy looking back on the choices she didn’t make—and where she might go from here.

Struggling to pick up the pieces, Trudy finds support from a quirky, eclectic group of friends and neighbors—her goddesses of Kitchen Avenue—all of whom are trying in their own unique ways to navigate life’s little surprises. There’s Jade, a fiery social worker who’s finding unexpected strength to deal with her “player” ex-husband, thanks to a most unorthodox passion; Jade’s grandmother, Roberta, who has just lost her husband of sixty-two years—and through memory and piercing grief wonders what to do with the rest of her life; Shannelle, Trudy’s young neighbor and an aspiring writer, determined to realize her talent despite formidable obstacles . . . including the husband who’s afraid her success will be his loss; and Angel, a young, quietly-knowing photographer who makes Trudy uncover a sensuality she never knew—even as he tries to get over the one love he can never really forget.

As Trudy faces her future, she discovers that figuring out what to let go and what to keep is just as difficult as moving on. As she weighs what she and Rick still share against new possibilities, she’ll surprise everyone— including herself—as she tries to reconcile the best of both.

From an acclaimed voice in fiction, this is a wry, beguiling, heartfelt, and warmly wise novel about second chances, unexpected choices, and the dreams that we all hunger to fulfill.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Barbara Samuel’s writing is, quite simply, splendid. . . . These women are as familiar as your next-door neighbor and as exotic as the goddesses who archetype their lives. Samuel soars with genius in the humanity of her storytelling. BookPage
  • “Warmhearted . . . [Samuel’s] characters are warmly drawn and sympathetic, their problems real and believable. Publishers Weekly
  • A COMPELLING EMOTIONAL PORTRAIT . . . Samuel’s writing is a gift to readers, her voice a demand for us to feel everything in our lives and to meet it with courage . . . a truly luminous novel. Contra Costa Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/21/2011

    " I really liked this one...finding myself reading about women who are not much older than I but have grown children - mid-life crisis? hmmmm? I haven't even had a kid yet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 9/13/2010

    " I'd read this book once before - enjoyed it just as much this time :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 7/8/2010

    " I liked this book. A big relationship book. Good characters and a pretty good ending to it. Thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/6/2009

    " Language and graphic sex. This book was good because it is about 4 women being strong, doing things that are hard and without support from their families. But they have each other and inner strength and they come through. This is my favorit theme.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/3/2009

    " I liked this book as much as the first one of hers I read. I will pursue the rest of her books now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tif | 3/26/2009

    " Deep and developed characters. I find myself thinking about them even when I'm not reading.

    As in all of B. Samuel's books, the characters have trials--sometimes achingly difficult ones--but there is always a sense of sweet hopefulness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 3/15/2009

    " great book! actually rereading since its been so long "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maribel | 7/23/2008

    " I was intrigued at the start of this book with the different women's voices but the characters quickly became quite predictable. I was left feeling empty and unsatisfied by the women's lack of growth as individuals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrysauna | 3/30/2008

    " I love the strong female characters and all the quotes in the book. I wish I could be a kickboxer... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nanci | 2/23/2008

    " A great little novel about women's friendships, women in and out of love, and each characters' unique search for self-discovery. This book is really well written, chock full of intresting and multi-dimensional characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/7/2008

    " An interesting story about the relationships of several women in a neighborhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/17/2007

    " This was a good read, but not terribly deep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 8/6/2007

    " This book gripped me. I loved the main character's story -- it was very believable. I bawled a lot in the book and really identified with each of the women. "

About the Author

Barbara Samuel is an award-winning author and lives in Pueblo, Colorado with her husband and two sons.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.