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Day 27 – Companion Books

The strange, tiny woman wearing strange, tiny glasses at Book People did me a great service talking me out of buying Jeff Wolfe's book and into buying Ann Patchett's Truth & Beauty. She said I'd never regret it. She was right. I'm only a third of the way through and I am overtaken. By the story, her voice,  her everything. With each page, I'm more prepared to sew this title into my heart of hearts and call it companion. Few books make it there. Out of a lifetime of reading only 5 books have been deemed companions. Books that are forever friends, guides to life you can call on again and again and again that never fail to show you something new about the world or, at times, the way forward you lost sight of it along the way.  I missed this book  all day. Yearned for another a page so I placated my longing with a YouTube video binge of Ann Patchett talks and interviews. When those ran out I moved on to Barbara Kingsolver, another shamefully recent discover. How did I miss these two dynamite women? All these years, all those awards and never once did they who up on my radar. How is that possible?

If you are a woman, read Truth & Beauty. If you are a woman and a writer, you can't live without it.

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. - Elbert Hubbard

Prompt: Write about the person who taught you to be a friend.

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