By Cathie Beck
(Hyperion, Paperback, 9781401341541, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 2010
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I didn't know that people come into our lives, and sometimes, if we're terribly lucky, we get the chance to love them, that sometimes they stay, that sometimes you can, truly, depend on them. Cathie Beck was in her late thirties and finally able to exhale after a lifetime of just trying to get by. A teenage mother harboring vivid memories of her own hardscrabble childhood, Cathie had spent years doing whatever it took to give her children the stability--or at least the illusion of it--that she'd never had. More than that, through sheer will and determination, she had educated them and herself too. With her kids in college, Cathie was at last ready to have some fun. The only problem was that she had no idea how to do it and no friends to do it with. So she put an ad in the paper for a made-up women's group: WOW . . . Women on the Way. Eight women showed up that first night, and out of that group a friendship formed, one of those meteoric, passionate, stand-by-you friendships that come around once in a lifetime and change you forever . . . if you're lucky.
Cathie Beck is a Denver-based journalist and creative writer. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, Boulder Daily Camera, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Denver Business Journal, Poets & Writers magazine, and Writers Digest. She contributes to a number of publications and KUVO radio in Denver, Colorado. Her short stories have been published in Glimmer Train and Zoetrope: All-Story, and she is the recipient of writing awards from both the Louisiana and Denver Press Women's Clubs, as well as the Scripps-Howard Award for Excellence in Journalism.
- Why does Cathie feel the need to start a women’s group? What crossroads has she arrived at in her life? How does her children moving away from home change the way she feels about her place in society?