Paperback: 440 pages
Publisher: Kelso Books (August 27, 2009)
Rating (1 to 5 *): *****
Book Review: Husbands May Come and Go, but Friends are Forever
Liz's life seems to be falling apart. She's been laid off (although, maybe she didn't really like that job anyway), her male companion of 20 years, Sam, is moving to New York and wants her to go despite the fact that her whole life is in California (she's too scared to marry him anyway), and then the kicker: her best friend Karen is killed on a lonely mountain road in a motorcycle accident.
I review a lot of books, and while I enjoy many of them, it's rare that I come across a book that touches me so deeply as Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever. Not only did I read this 429 page book in three days, something I rarely have the time or desire to do, but I felt myself so enraptured by Liz's world that I couldn't seem to draw myself out of it...and I didn't want to.
This book had me examining my own life, which is an effect few books have on me. Expertly written, perfectly paced, and painfully poignant, this book brought me to tears. It comes as no surprise that it has been optioned for the big screen, and I wish author Judith Marshall the best of luck in seeing that come to fruition, because I will be first in line to see the movie.
Disclosure of material connection: the author provided a free review copy for the purpose of this review.