Lydia's Party (Paperback)

By Margaret Hawkins

Penguin Books, 9780143126119, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

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Digital Audiobook (5/21/2014)
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An exquisite and profound tale for fans of Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen
Glowingly reviewed everywhere from "O, The Oprah Magazine" and "Good Housekeeping "to sites across the blogosphere, "Lydia's Party" sparks a-ha moments and heartfelt conversations about friendship, regrets, and ambitions. Margaret Hawkins's earlier books, all published by small presses, have gained her a devoted following, but this gem of a novel will introduce her to the wider audience she deserves.
Lydia is hosting her Bleak Midwinter Bash, a late Christmas party that has become an annual tradition. Her guests six friends who bonded twenty years ago over art, dogs, and their budding careers and romances think they know everything about one another, but tonight Lydia prepares to shock them with a devastating announcement.

About the Author

MARGARET HAWKINS is the author of two previous novels and a memoir. She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hawkins lives in Chicago.

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  1. Early in the novel, Lydia reflects upon her parents’ journey into old age, and “here was the ridiculous and shameful part she hated to admit: she’d thought they’d brought it on themselves. . . . Sometimes she even thought they were that way by choice” (p. 7). Is Lydia being too hard on herself? Is it possible for young, healthy people to grasp the realities of aging?generic viagra price canada
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  4. Lydia and Spence used to have dinner parties with three other couples, but after they divorced, her friendships with the other women dissolved. If you are in a long-term relationship, compare the friendships you’ve made as a single person versus those you’ve made as part of a couple.generic viagra price canada
  5. Did Roy just use Maura or did he really love her? What does Elaine’s harsh criticism of their relationship-even after Roy’s death-say about her?generic viagra price canada
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  8. Ted, Spence, and Peter hover around the margins of the party, helping but without being invited inside. In your experience, are men jealous of female friendships? Do women generally feel constrained by the presence of men and children?generic viagra price canada
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