Husbands May Come and Go But Friends Are Forever

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
This is a story of fresh hopes, second chances, and the anything-but-simple art of relationships. The book has been adapted into a screenplay.. More

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About Judith Marshall

Judith Marshall is a third generation native Californian, born in St. Helena and raised in Concord. After leaving a successful career in corporate America as a human resources executive, her lifelong dream of writing fiction was realized with the release of Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever, winner of the Jack London Prize awarded by the California Writers Club. The book was recently optioned for the big screen.

Judith is an active member of the California Writers Club and a regular participant in writing classes and workshops. She is currently working on her second novel, Staying Afloat, the story of a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother who morphs into a sex-starved adulteress.

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Review by: Julie Goucher on Nov. 8, 2011 :
This is the book that I read in support of Adopt an Indie Month.

The book is set in the Spring of 2000 and centres around a group of women who have been friends for almost "forever" Each are caught up with their own lives, loves, fears and challenges and the initial scene opens with divorcee Liz as she prepares a redundancy package for a group of employees. The redundancies due to a business merger and Liz fails to see that just perhaps her own position is about to be removed. Having had a tough & emotional day with the redundancies, Liz is taken to dinner by her partner, Sam. Over dinner he announces that he has been offered promotion and would Liz go with him. Liz hides behind her children, now all grown up and her work and does not feel that she can commit to such a move.

Very shortly after, Liz is told that of her own redundancy; and takes the news badly. She turns to one of her closest friends Karen, a twice married and currently single women. Karen is a complex character. Brave and yet frightened, she is the pivotal character in the book with what unfolds next and as the story develops we see how the group of middle aged women pull together as they battle through a tragedy. I am not going to say any more about the storyline, which takes the reader on a journey of discovery, both in terms of what happens next and in terms of flashes of history between the women.

What I loved about this book was the realness of the storyline. We can probably all identify with friendships that are almost institution's in our lives. Friends with whom you can have fun with, a fierce debate with, turn to in times of heartache and worry, regardless of the time and distance. These are the friendships that mean you can start a conversation on one day and finish it months later. These friendships are the backbone of who we are as individuals and in many ways they are just as important as family.

Essentially, this is a book of love, friendship and self discovery and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Julie Goucher on Nov. 8, 2011 :
This is the book that I read in support of Adopt an Indie Month.

The book is set in the Spring of 2000 and centres around a group of women who have been friends for almost "forever" Each are caught up with their own lives, loves, fears and challenges and the initial scene opens with divorcee Liz as she prepares a redundancy package for a group of employees. The redundancies due to a business merger and Liz fails to see that just perhaps her own position is about to be removed. Having had a tough & emotional day with the redundancies, Liz is taken to dinner by her partner, Sam. Over dinner he announces that he has been offered promotion and would Liz go with him. Liz hides behind her children, now all grown up and her work and does not feel that she can commit to such a move.

Very shortly after, Liz is told that of her own redundancy; and takes the news badly. She turns to one of her closest friends Karen, a twice married and currently single women. Karen is a complex character. Brave and yet frightened, she is the pivotal character in the book with what unfolds next and as the story develops we see how the group of middle aged women pull together as they battle through a tragedy. I am not going to say any more about the storyline, which takes the reader on a journey of discovery, both in terms of what happens next and in terms of flashes of history between the women.

What I loved about this book was the realness of the storyline. We can probably all identify with friendships that are almost institution's in our lives. Friends with whom you can have fun with, a fierce debate with, turn to in times of heartache and worry, regardless of the time and distance. These are the friendships that mean you can start a conversation on one day and finish it months later. These friendships are the backbone of who we are as individuals and in many ways they are just as important as family.

Essentially, this is a book of love, friendship and self discovery and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: CathyS on July 18, 2011 :
This is a moving, but delightful story of six girlfriends, now in their 50s who have known each other since high school. When tragedy strikes one of their close circle, fond memories of the group’s past are awakened. Reminisces of how the six met, how their friendship was forged, their hilarious antics, the navigation through the minefield of boys, men and marriages and many husbands are interwoven into the narrative of the present now shrouded with sadness; these memories are seamlessly knitted into the story. The effortlessness with which the reader is transported to the past and returned to the present is one of the reasons I liked this book so much; in addition, the characters are believable, there is a pleasing balance of humour and sadness and the meanderings of the narrator as she recounts her own and her friends’ lives’ milestones and ups and downs are thoughtful, even profound, but never fatuous, as the tragedy forces her to contemplate and assess her life at middle-age. This is a wonderfully easy, very, very enjoyable and excellent read.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Review by: Jan Brown on July 10, 2011 :
Judith has a way with words that make you feel like your watching a movie as the story unfolds. Its a compelling story about 6 women who became friends in high school and stayed friends their whole lives until tragedy strikes.They gather for the funeral and we see their memories/flashbacks that the story weaves in both the present and the past in a wonderful way making it a "hard to put down" book. Powerful and moving story, very well told, even funny in parts.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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