Hope in a Jar
By Beth Harbison
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312381967, 352pp.)
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
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Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend Olivia Pelham was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable…until a vicious rumor about Olivia— a rumor too close to the truth—ended their friendship.Now, on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she’s lonely, and is finally ready to face her demons. Sometimes hope lives in the future; sometimes it comes from the past; and sometimes, when every stupid thing goes wrong, it comes from a prettily packaged jar filled with scented cream and promises. Beth Harbison has done it again. A hilarious and touching novel about friendship, Love’s Baby Soft perfume, Watermelon Lip Smackers, bad run-ins with Sun-In, and the healing power of “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific.” Hope in a Jar: we all need it.
BETH HARBISON is the New York Times bestelling author of Secrets of a Shoe Addict and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She is also a serious product junkie, with enough lip glosses, shampoos, conditioners, and foundations to lube every car on the streets of suburban D.C., where she lives with her husband and two children.
"...as slick and enjoyable as a brand-new tube of lip gloss."—People
“Harbison continues to wow readers with charm and genuine characters.”—Booklist "...fun nostalgia for those of us who loved Bonne Bell Lip Smackers and Sun-In."—Fort-Worth Star Telegram "Harbison creates vivid, convincing characters and handles them well. —Publishers Weekly