When I was younger, I was told by a wise woman, that men come and go throughout a woman’s life, but I should hold on to my girlfriends. Your really good girlfriends will always be there for you through the good and bad times, divorces, sickness, no matter what, so protect your friendships with the women you cherish. I never fully understood what she meant until I got older. Now unfortunately, my best girl-friends are scattered all across the country. A phone call isn’t the same as a hug or one-on-one chats over a glass of wine.
the SUN in YOUR EYES (WilliamMorrow) by Deborah Shapiro explores the friendship between Viv and Lee. It’s a nice respite from a summer filled with “bad girl novels” like GIRLS ON FIRE and THE GIRLS. the SUN in YOUR EYES actually explores the dynamics of women’s friendships starting in their 20’s, then a decade later; it had me reflecting back on some of my own relationships. The novel starts like a familiar story about two girls, Viv, the quiet one falling under the spell of, Lee, the loud, rich outrageous one. But Shapiro doesn’t take the easy way. She writes with depth and the characters are complex. The narrative is full of surprises and messy.
I usually have more to write about the novels I read, but I must admit this book took me deep inside myself. I found myself revisiting friendships I’ve had in the past, how they were positive and where they failed. I started looking at my part in those relationships and the ones I have now. Perhaps I’m getting sentimental. Life has been pretty extreme for everyone lately. Give someone you care about, an unexpected hug today! …just an idea…
ANYWAY….. I enjoyed this novel. Deborah Shapiro is a highly talented writer. I suggest you read the SUN in YOUR EYES for yourself.
About Deborah Shapiro
Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she spent several years in New York working at magazines, includingNew York and ELLE, and her work has been published in Open City, Washington Square Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago. The Sun in Your Eyes is her first novel.
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As always, thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and William Morrow we have one copy of the SUN in YOUR EYES to giveaway to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment about friendship and we’ll pick a winner Monday. Have a beautiful day.