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For twenty years, four friends; Chris, Vicki, Barbara, and Susan shared everything and faced the challenges of life and love head-on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the strange twists of fate and circumstance. Dreams are turned into nightmares as friendships faded and lives were destroyed.
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Pocket, Oct 2001, 25.00, 400 pp.
ISBN: 0743407075

    The “Grand Dames have lived on GRAND AVENUE in Mariemont, an upscale Cincinnati superb, for two decades. They actually met when each on escorted their own small child to a nearby playground with three swings. The last one to arrive always was stuck in the sandbox and mom knew how degrading that was. Susan, Vicki, Barbara, and Chris became close friends and stayed as pals over the subsequent years of raising their respective child.

    However, the idyllic life shown on tape has gone sour for at least of the quartet. She slowly looks at the past to try to learn what went wrong. She thought she found love with her spouse and with her three close friends, but now all she seeks is justice.

    GRAND AVENUE is a grand relationship drama that focuses on the lives of four women. Readers see how each one forges a relationship with the other three, their respective husbands and children. The secondary characters add depth to the lead cast. However, the “need” for justice subplot actually lends an engaging twist, but that spins away from the powerful prime plot of four women seeking an identity of their own rather than precariously living through the life of a loved one.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Abusive:    -   strongly verbal    -   treated like a slave Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   domineering Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy:    -   kid(s) make adults sensitive Who's in charge?    -   he is Abusive lover?    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   40's-50's Sex makes him    -   arrogant    -   wild Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   40's-50's Profession/status:    -   homemaker    -   small businessman Effect of sexing    -   confused


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40%    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   spanking that woman dislikes Focus of story    -   equally on him and her    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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