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Publisher's Summary

From Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist and acclaimed New York Times best-selling author of Evensong and The Finishing School, comes a sweeping new novel of friendship, loyalty, rivalries, redemption, and memory.
It is the fall of 1951 at Mount St. Gabriels, an all-girls school tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. Tildy Stratton, the undisputed queen bee of her class, befriends Chloe Starnes, a new student recently orphaned by the untimely and mysterious death of her mother. Their friendship fills a void for both girls but also sets in motion a chain of events that will profoundly affect the course of many lives, including the girls' young teacher and the school's matriarch, Mother Suzanne Ravenel.
Fifty years on, the headmistress relives one pivotal night, trying to reconcile past and present, reaching back even further to her own senior year at the school, where the roots of a tragedy are buried.
In Unfinished Desires, a beloved author delivers a gorgeous new novel in which thwarted desires are passed on for generations and captures the rare moment when a soul breaks free.
©2010 Gail Godwin; (P)2010 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"A strong story populated by a host of memorable characters - smart, satisfying fiction, one of the author's best in years." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By J. Sweeney on 12-27-10

Repetative

I generally enjoy Gail Godwin's work. However, in this case, while the recording is fine, the work itself is too repetitive - several lines of dialog are repeated verbatim in multiple scenes. I cannot recommend this title.

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By jellibean on 06-13-15

Not Good For Audio

I did finish it but it was a chore. I think I should have read the book and maybe I would have appreciated it more. Or maybe not.

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