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Shades of Grace


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Barbara Delinsky is the author of more than twenty-two New York Times bestselling novels. Her books have been published in thirty languages, with over thirty-five million copies in print worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband. She is a passionate photographer, an avid tennis player, a drop-all-when-they-call mom and Grammi, and a confidante to friends of all stripes.


Grace Dorian, grand doyenne of advice columnists, is exhibiting the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. She lives on a Connecticut estate with her daughter, Francine, and her granddaughter, Sophie. Delinsky (For My Daughters, LJ 6/1/94) beautifully describes the denial mechanisms employed by Grace's friends and family as they try to ignore the obvious. Research into Grace's past‘for a biography‘uncovers some strange information and a mystery regarding Francine's father. Grace is gracefully allowed to fade out, and Francine discovers her real father and finds love with her charming daughter. The agony of Alzheimer's could have been portrayed more realistically. For example: unlike many Alzheimer's patients, Grace is surrounded by many caring hands and lacks nothing. For popular collections.‘Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus, Ohio

A tale of three women whose lives are affected by a tragic disease, Delinsky's (For My Daughters) latest novel adroitly pulls the heartstrings while exploring generational responsibilities. After years of giving advice in her nationally syndicated newspaper column, ``The Confidante,'' domineering Grace Dorian, 61, has a problem she can't share even with her only child and dependable assistant, Francine. Some months after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Grace grudgingly permits handsome Dr. Davis Marcoux to tell her daughter the truth. But she still clings to one secret: the true identity of Francine's father. Francine is a divorced mother of Sophie, a 23-year-old diabetic, who also works on the column and has resented her grandmother as a rival for her mother's love. For her part, Francine is determined to protect ``The Confidante'' and keep the public‘including an aggressive reporter, Robin Duffy‘from discovering her mother's condition. She begins to ghostwrite the columns while also embarking on a romance with Dr. Marcoux. To help her mother write her promised autobiography, Francine hires Robin, whose own mother was one of Grace's ardent admirers. Delinsky creates only lukewarm suspense in Francine's and Robin's respective quests to unearth Grace's secret past, but readers will sympathize with the characters as each comes to grips with a life-changing situation. (Jan.)

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