What We Keep

By Elizabeth Berg
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345435026, 272pp.)

Publication Date: January 2, 2002

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover

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“BERG KNOWS THE HEARTS OF HER CHARACTERS INTIMATELY, showing them with compassion, humor, and an illuminating generosity.”
–The Seattle Times

“BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN . . . [Ginny Young] crosses the country for a reluctant reunion with the mother she has not seen in 35 years. During the long hours of her flight, she returns in memory to the summer when she turned 12 and her family turned inside out. . . . What We Keep is about ties that are buried but not broken, wounds that are dressed but never heal, and love that changes form but somehow survives.”
–USA Today

“COMPELLING . . . Reading [this] book is like having an intimate conversation with a friend who is baring her soul.”
–Charleston Post and Courier

“TOUCHING . . . WHAT WE KEEP IS SOMETHING OF VALUE.”
–San Antonio Express-News




About the Author

Elizabeth Berg’s novels Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. Talk Before Sleep was an ABBY finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and a national bestseller. The Pull of the Moon, Range of Motion, What We Keep, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along also were national bestsellers. Open House was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. In 1997, Berg won the NEBA Award in fiction. She lives in Massachusetts.




Praise For What We Keep

A HEARTRENDING TALE BOTH WISE AND WORTHY . . .Berg keeps a tight grip on readers as she takes us back and forth from a 12-year-old’s perspective to the memories and secrets revealed at the reunion– 35 years later–of three sophisticated, mature women. By its finish, the story has taken your breath away with its twists and turns; it delivers an impact that stays with you well past the ending.”
–Rocky Mountain News

“In her earlier novel, Talk Before Sleep, Berg was able to draw together remarkable humor and incredible pain with enormous insight into their intricate relationship. She does so again in What We Keep.”
–The Seattle Times

“Fans of Elizabeth Berg are familiar with her extraordinary talent for description–you can almost taste, feel, and hear her novels with amazing intensity. . . . The poignant twists of rejection and eventual redemption will pull you along at full throttle, making you happy you stayed for the tear-jerking, life-affirming finale.”
–Detroit Free Press

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