Tapestry of Fortunes

Tapestry of Fortunes

A Novel

Book - 2013
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In this superb new novel by the beloved author of Open House, Home Safe, and The Last Time I Saw You, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes.

Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can't she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move--all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction.

She downsizes her life, sells her suburban Minnesota home and lets go of many of her possessions. She moves into a beautiful old house in Saint Paul, complete with a garden, chef's kitchen, and three housemates: Lise, the home's owner and a divorced mother at odds with her twenty-year-old daughter; Joni, a top-notch sous chef at a first-rate restaurant with a grade A jerk of a boss; and Renie, the youngest and most mercurial of the group, who is trying to rectify a teenage mistake. These women embark on a journey together in an attempt to connect with parts of themselves long denied. For Cece, that means finding Dennis Halsinger. Despite being "the one who got away," Dennis has never been far from Cece's thoughts.

In this beautifully written novel, leaving home brings revelations, reunions, and unexpected turns that affirm the inner truths of women's lives. "Maybe Freud didn't know the answer to what women want, but Elizabeth Berg certainly does," said USA Today. Elizabeth Berg has crafted a novel rich in understanding of women's longings, loves, and abiding friendships, which weave together into a tapestry of fortunes that connects us all.

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Praise for Tapestry of Fortunes

"A testament to the power of female friendships . . . Berg strips her writing down to what is essential and takes an unflinching look at lifelong regrets. The characters . . . will settle in your heart." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Elizabeth Berg has carved out a place as one of America's most beloved chroniclers of female friendship." -- Chicago Tribune

"Luminous . . . As always, her writing is spare and lyrical, filled with . . . elegant description and profound insight." -- Library Journal

"An incredibly uplifting and life-affirming story . . . Berg explores the themes of change and personal reinvention with exquisite phrasing, sharply-focused attention to detail, and boundless joy and heart." --Bookreporter

Praise for Elizabeth Berg

"Truth rings forth clearly from every page. [Elizabeth] Berg captures the way women think--and especially the way they talk to other women--as well as any writer I can think of." -- The Charlotte Observer , about Talk Before Sleep

"Elizabeth Berg's gift as a storyteller lies most powerfully in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday." -- The Boston Globe

"Berg's writing is to literature what Chopin's #65533;tudes are to music--measured, delicate, and impossible to walk away from until their completion. [Grade:] A+." -- Entertainment Weekly

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679644699
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 25 cm.


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Sep 23, 2017

One of my top favourite books, ever.

Feb 15, 2016

This story was very engaging and easy to relate to as a woman. I highly recommend The author shares with us a story filled with an aura of living and little gems of wisdom.The story and people go with when you long after you have finished the last page with a satisfied sigh!

LibrarySquare Feb 04, 2016

Celilia has lost her best best riend. She sells her house and takes time off from her job. She is an older women not sure what to do next. She receives a postcard from a man from her past & quickly packs her bags and heads on a road trip to visit her long lost love. Three of her close friends tag along, each wanting to connect with someone or something: one a daughter, one an ex-husband and one a career in cooking. All the women are forever changed by side trips along the way. Tapestry of Fortunes is a celebration of finding miracles in ordinary life.

Oct 14, 2015

I can't give a better review than this . This is pop fiction , and it's not bad , but it's just not great - sorry !

Jun 13, 2015

A good "summer read". It won't blow your mind but it will keep your interest. Move your chair into the sun, get a cold drink and enjoy.

Apr 12, 2015

Shallow tale. Weak backstory. Two-dimensional characters. Predictable, sugary plot.

CSil Jun 23, 2014

nice story line and character development. liked the characters a lot and enjoyed their road trip. elizabeth berg did not disappoint once again.

Nov 01, 2013

Thoughtful and perfect!

samdog123 Oct 17, 2013

I've enjoyed each and every Elizabeth Berg book I've ever read and this one is no exception. When Cece's best friend dies of cancer, it makes her re-evaluate her life. Deciding to sell her house, she moves into a home which she shares with three other women who quickly become her friends. Each woman has unresolved issues and there is a satisfying end.

Sep 26, 2013

Perhaps it is the timing of reading this book with the events in my life that have made this such a good read for me. It's been awhile since I read any of Elizabeth Berg's books. I saw her in person years ago at a local library in Illinois, as she talked and read to us. As I embark on a new journey alone after many years in a new state, this book spoke to my heart. I loved the women she developed, all strong yet vulnerable, and the friendships that developed. I loved the road trip and the eclectic places they visited. I loved the evolving of relationships, both new and old. Perhaps one needs to be at a certain stage in their life to appreciate this book more fully, as I am in mine. The book spoke to my heart.

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Feb 11, 2014

"I've never regretted doing anything in my life as much as I've regretted not doing it."

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