About Face by Carole Howard

About Face

byCarole Howard

Kobo ebook | October 23, 2013

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From the outside, Ruth seems to have it all: a high-powered career, happy marriage and family. But her inner Peace-Corps-Volunteer is hollering to be let out.

When Ruth bumps into Vivian, her long-lost friend and former hut-mate, she realizes how different she is from the person she used to be and wonders if she’s lost part of herself—the best part—in her quest for “the perfect life.” Her internal tug of war gathers steam and knocks her seemingly perfect urban life out of kilter. As they struggle with their differences and try to resurrect their friendship, the two women realize—with humor and a growing respect—that they each have strengths to contribute to a venture neither would have discovered on her own, one that melds past and present to shape an exciting and surprising future.

This contemporary literary novel toggles between flashback scenes in West Africa and present day Manhattan as it chronicles the power of the women’s friendship. The characters are simultaneously memorable and down-to-earth, and readers begin to feel they’ve known them for a long time. They’re treated with affection, nuanced understanding, and a healthy dose of wit. This fast-paced, funny, and honest coming-of-middle age novel playfully walks the line between humor and wisdom as it deals with the serious issues of mid-life and aging.

Title:About FaceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Glenmere PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0985294868

ISBN - 13:9780985294861

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from About Face by Carole Howard This was a good book about a woman in her 50's contemplating retirement. An unusual story line, I felt the author gave an honest and realistic portrayal of how the main character deals with the subject. The novel will particularly appeal to readers in the 50-60 age group.
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read The book brings a good bit of contemplation with it, and possibly even some introspection. Stays of a little bit slowly, but quickly picks up stream. Controversy, intrigue, and some surprise twists all make for a wonderful plot. ... enough so that a followup book would be welcome.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good beginning but lapses halfway through The author started off well and kept my interest, however toward the middle it is like she felt she had to add pages to make this a novel. Some characters were just "fluff" and we could have done without them.
Date published: 2014-12-16