Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline

By Christina Baker Kline

From the number 1 New York Times bestselling writer of Orphan teach, and the severely acclaimed writer of how lifestyles may still Be, comes a singular concerning the offerings we make, how they form our lives, and the way they could switch them forever—includes a different playstation part that includes insights, interviews, and more.

Four humans, marriages, one lifelong friendship: every thing is set to change.

It used to be darkish. It used to be raining.  It used to be simply an accident.  at the force domestic from an extraordinary night out, Alison collides with one other automobile working a cease signal, and—just like that—her lifestyles turns upside down. 

When she calls her husband from the police station, his accusatory tone finds cracks of their dating she’d by no means spotted have been there. Now she notices everything. And she starts off to gain that the lifestyles she conscientiously built for herself is as tenuous as a home of playing cards. Exquisitely written, strong, and exciting, Bird in Hand is a singular approximately love and friendship and betrayal, and concerning the secrets and techniques we inform ourselves and every other.

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Tell them I’m sorry I can’t be there,” Charlie said. “And let Dolores know I’ll be home around seven. And remember—this is part of your job, to schmooze and make contacts. ” “Yeah, okay,” she said, thinking, oh right, my job, mentally adding up how much she’d earned over the past year: two $50 checks for whimsical personal essays on smart-mommy Web sites, $500 for a parenting magazine “service” piece called “50 Ways for New Moms to Relieve Stress,” a $1,000 kill fee for a big feature on sibling rivalry that the competition scooped just before Alison’s story went to press.

But this, Claire knew, was the game. “It’s at the top of my pile,” Jim Oliver said, taking a swig from his glass. He held it aloft and squinted at it, as if contemplating a toast. ” Claire held up a copy of her book and wagged it at him. “Well, that clears it up,” he said. Jami, whom Claire had gotten to know well over the past few weeks, elbowed her in the side. “It was my mother’s drink,” Claire said. ” “And she was—you know—depressed,” Jami interjected with a meaningful nod. Claire looked across the room at her mother, Lucinda Ellis, there in the flesh, chatting amiably with Martha Belle Clancy, the safety blanket she’d hauled up from North Carolina.

Why was he so invested in her going? What did he think it would prove? Claire had called him earlier in the day to make sure he was coming, and he hadn’t called her back to tell her he wasn’t. It was complicated; his chest had felt tight all day. The truth was, Charlie wanted Alison to go to the party because these days when he allowed himself to feel anything at all for her, he felt overwhelming sadness and pity, and he didn’t want to feel that anymore. If only for a night, he wanted to nudge her back into the world she had been a part of, the one she’d given up for him, for the children.

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