Certain Girls: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

By Jennifer Weiner

Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the clever, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed who chanced on her satisfied finishing after her mom got here out of the closet, her father fell out of her lifestyles, and her ex-boyfriend begun chronicling their ex-sex lifestyles within the pages of a countrywide journal.

Now Cannie's again. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and hugely sexualized) model of her lifestyles -- turned an in a single day bestseller, she dropped out of the general public eye and became to writing technology fiction below a pseudonym. She's fortunately married to the tall, captivating vitamin medical professional Peter Krushelevansky and has settled right into a lifestyles that she unearths splendidly predictable -- knitting within the entrance row of her daughter Joy's drama rehearsals, volunteering on the library, and taking over-forty yoga periods along with her ally Samantha.

As arrangements for Joy's bat mitzvah commence, every little thing turns out correct in Cannie's global. Then pleasure discovers the unconventional Cannie wrote years ahead of and without warning reveals herself confronted with what she thinks is the reality approximately her personal notion -- the tale her mom concealed from her all her lifestyles. whilst Peter surprises his spouse by way of asserting he desires to have a toddler, the kinfolk is pressured to re-evaluate its heritage, its destiny, and what it skill to be actually chuffed.

Radiantly humorous and disarmingly soft, with Weiner's whip-smart discussion and sharp observations of contemporary lifestyles, Certain Girls is an unforgettable tale approximately love, loss, and the long-lasting bonds of kinfolk.

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Quas ob res si parum ordinate singula carptimque non attigero, ignoscant mihi precor humillime qui nostra legent. (19) [I would here ask my readers to hold me excused if I do not describe the troubles of those times in the order in which events occurred. For I was not present in those times, nor have I hitherto heard anything about them directly . . Certainly while writing this I have had no oral informant or storyteller, who might offer me, as I had originally hoped, the subject matter I was bound to treat.

Henry VII, who had spent much of his exile in Brittany, sought to keep it independent, both to maintain an asylum for sympathetic refugees from the French court and to limit French hegemony along the Channel seaboard. The French ambassador and noted humanist1 Robert Gaguin, incensed by what looked like diplomatic dilatoriness, wrote a bad-tempered epigram, published in Paris, which attacked the English and their king. 3 Giovanni Gigli (“vir profecto divinarum humanarumque rerum peritissimus” [“a man very expert indeed in divine and human affairs”]), born around 1434, had received ecclesiastical preferment from Edward IV, and would do so again under Henry VII.

Nam postquam me primipilum primaeque aciei ductorem ordinasti, ut Laelius ille Caesari, sic ego excellentiae tuae verbis illius respondere iubeor in hunc modum Britanni ô vere successor et haeres imperii, veras exprimere voces ubi jubes, quod tam lenta tua tenuit patientia vires, conquerimur. Deeratne tibi fiducia nostri? (27–28) [And so we should highly praise that custom established far in antiquity, according to which commanders exhort their fellow soldiers to fight boldly, not because they 30 Court Poetry in Late Medieval England and Scotland doubt their loyalty, but so that they may be more eagerly aroused to the task in hand.

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