Sparkpress, Paperback, 9781940716978, 400pp.
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Sometimes you have to go back before you can move forward. Meg Monahan was born to be a secret keeper. From the moment she became a peer counselor in high school, Meg has been keeping her friends secrets - from sordid family drama to their sex lives - that she never wanted to know. Flash forward to adulthood when Meg is a recruiter for the world's hippest (and most paranoid) high-tech company - and now Meg is a professional secret keeper. When sudden tragedy strikes before Meg hosts the wedding of her childhood BFF, Anne Calzaretta, the women are forced to face their past - and their secrets - in order to move on to their future. In 1978, Meg, Anne, Jennifer, and Tonya were such close friends, they were known as "The Group" in their hometown of Gridley, California. But in ninth grade, their lives were changed forever. Loss, lies, and secrets separated them, but could not break their bonds of friendship. Thirty years later, Meg and Anne reminisce about those days--dealing with parents, school, boys, sex, love, and betrayal. Anne remembers their freshman year as an easier time, but Meg, still feeling guilty about a betrayal of Anne's trust, is haunted. Even now, Meg is keeping a secret she's not prepared to face, let alone share. In her debut novel, based on true events, Meredith First tells a timeless story about the bonds of friendship, loss, and betrayal--and the forgiveness that is within everyone. Can anyone really keep a secret forever?