Download e-book for kindle: The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg

By Elizabeth Berg

ISBN-10: 0965909751

ISBN-13: 9780965909754

ISBN-10: 1400061598

ISBN-13: 9781400061594

It starts with the unexpected revelation of marvelous secrets—secrets that experience formed the personalities and fates of 3 siblings, and now threaten to rip them aside. In popular writer Elizabeth Berg’s relocating new novel, unearthed truths strength one doubtless usual relations to reexamine their disparate lives and to invite themselves: Is it too overdue to fix the hurts of the past?Laura Bartone anticipates her annual kinfolk reunion in Minnesota with a mix of pleasure and wariness. but this year’s accumulating will turn out to be even more making an attempt than both she or her siblings imagined. once she arrives, Laura realizes that whatever isn't really correct together with her sister. endlessly wrapped up in occasions of some time past, Caroline is the family’s stressed black sheep. while Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations approximately their mom, the 3 have a tough time reconciling their various reports within the related condominium. yet a surprising misfortune will lead all of them to stand the previous, their very own culpability, and their universal desire for romance and forgiveness.Readers have come to like Elizabeth Berg for the “lucent fantastic thing about [her] prose, the verity of her insights, and the tenderness of her regard for her fellow human” (Booklist). within the artwork of Mending, her such a lot profound and emotionally pleasurable novel thus far, she confronts the various private mysteries of existence, as she explores how even the most important sins should be forgiven by way of the smallest gestures, and the way grace can come to many during the trials of 1.

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She began cutting and we stopped talking, both of us listening, I think, to the sound of the scissors. For those of us enamored of the world of textiles, this sound is a little symphony. It conjures an image of a head bent over a machine, the feel of fabric slipping through fingers, a small light focused on a field of intimate labor. I saw Gregory on the other side of the store, stopping to straighten some of the colorful bolts in the juvenile section. When he noticed me, he came over to the cutting table.

So does this. Many of the memories Pete has shared have had to do with his parents. He’s told me about vacations to Alaska and about smaller moments spent sitting at the kitchen table. One of my favorite memories has to do with a time he sat with his three sisters and his little brother, eating biscotti dipped in cocoa for an afternoon snack while they watched his mother make dinner. She spoke softly in Italian to the red sauce she simmered in the Dutch oven, to the gigantic meatballs she rolled, to the gold-colored rosemary-scented focaccia she put on a TV tray out on the front porch to cool.

It was only a five-hour drive, though, and then we’d be there. The garden would be perfectly tended, the bird feeders would all be full. There would probably be sheets and upside-down shirts and pants on the clothesline; my mother was a big believer in line drying. One summer I’d tried it myself, but the romance had drowned in the inconvenience. The food would not be memorable, of course, but the setting would be nice. We’d eat out on the back porch on a green painted table with an embroidered tablecloth, nice old flowered china, a huge vase of flowers, and the cut-glass salt-and-pepper shakers that had belonged to my grandparents—whenever I saw them, I remembered those shakers being on their Formica kitchen table.

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