Commencement

Commencement

Book - 2009
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Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree, Sally, and April couldn't have less in common. Celia, a lapsed Catholic, arrives with her grandmother's rosary beads in hand and a bottle of vodka in her suitcase; beautiful Bree pines for the fiancé she left behind in Savannah; Sally, pristinely dressed in Lilly Pulitzer, is reeling from the loss of her mother; and April, a radical, redheaded feminist wearing a Riot: "Don't Diet" T-shirt, wants a room transfer immediately. Celia's trust in men is demolished in one terrible evening, Bree falls in love with someone she could never bring home to her traditional family, Sally seeks solace in her English professor, and April realizes that, for the first time in her life, she has friends she can actually confide in. When they reunite for Sally's wedding four years after graduation, their friendships have changed, but they remain fiercely devoted to one another. For Celia, Bree, and Sally, this means grappling with one-night stands, maiden names, and parental disapproval -- along with occasional loneliness and heartbreak. But for April, whose activism has become her life's work, it means something far more dangerous.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307270740
0307270742
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 25 cm

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pattyloucor67
Jun 24, 2014

At first, I thought this would be another chick-lit book, an easy sumer read. That is not the case. The novel follows 4 Smith College students, from their first day at college, through graduaion, and into their adult lives. At times, I found the movement between character stories to be a little confusing, but the author tackles some pretty heavy concepts in these women's stories.

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EdithB85
Aug 23, 2011

A fun, entertaining summer read!

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triciakosher
Aug 02, 2010

Great book - the story of 4 college friends who spend their time figuring out who they are while dealing with current issues of feminism. I loved how each chapter was written from the point of view of a different one of the women.

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mcchan
Nov 22, 2009

Fantastic read - this novel follows the story of 4 young women and their relationships through very 'formative' years of their lives. Filled with fantastic feminist sentiments, it is a wonderful 'today' read.

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