NOT THAT GIRL
When Finley Harper returns to Hadleigh, the objective is clear: clean out the old house and wrap up Grace’s estate as quickly as possible so Finn can return to Boston and leave this town behind for good.After all, it wasn’t exactly a storybook childhood. Finn was never close with Grace, who had been a detached mother at best, and Finn made sure to keep a safe distance all these years from the old friends who might bring back not-so-fond memories — of Nick, of Gramps, of a nameless father Finn has never known. In this town of marrying types and mothering types, Finn has been the odd one out, and while the old Finn might have cared, Finn was not that girl anymore. Armed with a new pair of running shoes and a standby pack of cigarettes, Finn arrives in Hadleigh ready to put an end to the old Finley and start fresh. But within hours of arrival, Finn runs quite literally into a man who has the potential to change everything: James Barden, Grace’s lawyer, who has a gorgeous smile, persistent nature, and a cardboard box of Grace’s archives that read like a roadmap of clues: old journal entries, a stack of newspaper clippings...and a promise from beyond the grave: “Your mother said it will explain everything.”
Every woman sacrifices. Career for kids. Her own well being for her husband. Her ideals and goals for the patriarchal world at large. Sacrifice is in their nature...but is it in their blood?
Eliza. Too close to 40, too far from young. Suburban mother. Trophy wife uprising. Her children need her less, her husband gone more; she can't help but wonder if this is what her life had come to, drinking tasteless coffee and leaving no mark on the world she lives in.
Camille. "A face for radio" she was told but yet was front and center at one of the largest TV stations in the country. A mother of three and wife to a man who could no longer get it up. Marriage was tough. Thankfully, friendship was tougher.
Vera. She didn't just break glass ceilings, she obliterated them, leaving tiny pieces scattered on the floor at her feet, much like her love life. If only that power could help fight her relationship insecurities. On an impromptu girls' weekend it didn't take long for things to fall into place, picking up right where they left off as if nothing had changed.
Until everything changed.
The slit in her dress was not an invitation, but merely a rejection of the idea that she was no longer sexy. She had dressed up tonight to try to feel good about the woman who under all of it was crumbling. And yet he took advantage anyway.Three friends who had survived everything life seemed to throw at them prove time and again that while the world might try to break them, their love was one that the storybooks rarely write about. The love between women who survived broken foundations to form an indestructible bondBut can it survive the ultimate test?
An attack on one of their own.
They aren't wounded women. They are warriors.
Not just management and mothers. They are martyrs.
As the wife of a professional baseball player, Alisha Perkins has long struggled to find an identity of her own--a struggle made worse by an anxiety disorder that has plagued her since childhood. One afternoon during spring training, Alisha, eager for a few minutes to herself, decides to take a short run around the neighborhood. What she discovers is her first taste of the elusive runner's high, a release of her pent-up anxiety, and a chance to find her voice.
As Alisha progresses from shorter distances to full marathons--eventually organizing charity races of her own--she is able to let go of the nagging sense that she is ''competent but not complete,'' even as the demands of training compete with those of family and baseball.
A memoir that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with self-doubt, Running Home is a poignant meditation on the steps that hold us back, and those that push us forward.