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For years, Sara Swerdlow was transported by an unfettered sense of immortality. Floating along on loving friendships and the adoration of her mother, Natalie, Sara's notion of death was entirely alien to her existence. But when a summer night's drive out for ice cream ends in tragedy, thirty-year-old Sara -- "held aloft and shimmering for years" -- finally lands.

Mining the intricate relationship between love and mourning, acclaimed novelist Meg Wolitzer explores a single, overriding question: who, finally, "owns" the excruciating loss of this young woman -- her mother or her closest friends? Depicting the aftermath of Sara's shocking death with piercing humor and shattering realism, Surrender, Dorothy is the luminously thoughtful, deeply moving exploration of what it is to be a mother and a friend, and, above all, what it takes to heal from unthinkable loss.
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ISBN: 9781439125748
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With an intriguing scenario filled with promise, this book went downhill for me after the arrival of Natalie, the mourning mother, to spend the month of August with her late daughter's friends. Some achingly true feelings expressed about the difference betweeen those who've experienced devastating loss, and those who haven't, but ruined for me by the unnatural intrusion of sex into every thread of the relationships.more
Sara is almost 30, working on her master's in Japanese studies, is uncommonly and bizarrely close to her divorced mother Natalie, and her very best friend in the whole world is Adam, a gay writer who has written a smash Broadway play. This isn't a spoiler because it happens at the very beginning of the book. Sara is killed in a car accident, and the majority of the book is how her mother, Adam, and her other friends Maddy and Peter deal with the loss of Sara. There are some funny parts, and the characters are fleshed out extremely well.more
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With an intriguing scenario filled with promise, this book went downhill for me after the arrival of Natalie, the mourning mother, to spend the month of August with her late daughter's friends. Some achingly true feelings expressed about the difference betweeen those who've experienced devastating loss, and those who haven't, but ruined for me by the unnatural intrusion of sex into every thread of the relationships.more
Sara is almost 30, working on her master's in Japanese studies, is uncommonly and bizarrely close to her divorced mother Natalie, and her very best friend in the whole world is Adam, a gay writer who has written a smash Broadway play. This isn't a spoiler because it happens at the very beginning of the book. Sara is killed in a car accident, and the majority of the book is how her mother, Adam, and her other friends Maddy and Peter deal with the loss of Sara. There are some funny parts, and the characters are fleshed out extremely well.more
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