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The Invisibles: A Novel by Cecilia Galante, published August 4, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks; women's fiction
Book beginning, chapter one:
It wasn't until she reached the corner of Grove Street, where the sidewalk buckled and the pre-dawn smells of yeast and fabric softener perfumed the air, that Nora remembered it was her thirty-second birthday. She stopped abruptly, as if someone had yanked a leash around her neck, and let the information settle along her shoulders. Thirty-two. The number rolled around in her head, and she waited for the onslaught of-- what was it exactly: relief? dread?-- that was supposed to arrive at reaching the end of another year, but it didn't come. Instead, the first line from a book she had once read occurred to her: "Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person"....Book description: ... the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship. Thrown together as teenagers at Turning Winds Home for Girls, Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace quickly bond over their troubled pasts and form their own family which they dub The Invisibles. But when tragedy strikes after graduation, Nora is left to deal with the horrifying aftermath alone as the other three girls leave home and don't look back.
Fourteen years later, Nora is living a quiet, single life working in the local library. She joins The Invisibles in Chicago for a reunion that sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will change each of their lives forever.
page 56: "We go around the circle, and everyone tells the rest of the group what they want. It can be anything, as long as it's not totally ridiculous, like a million dollars or something. And then, before the next meeting, we'll try to find a way to give it to you."Looks like a compelling read. Looking forward to reading this one, sent by the publisher.