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Excuse Me for Asking

Janis Arnold


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Hardcover (10/1/1994)


"In a hundred warm and funny ways Arnold reminds us that friends can give us something our families never can."
The Chicago Tribune

Janis Arnold's good-humored second novel is about big dreams, sweet dreams, and nightmares.

Julia Salwell seems to have it all—money, a father and brother who are crazy about her, and a rich boyfriend who's co-captain of the football team in tiny Cypress Springs, Texas. But there's something wrong, something eating at Julia, something that keeps waking her up at night, screaming in the dark. When Robin Tilton meets Julia in college, it seems they've got nothing in common. Where Julia is flashy and dramatic, Robin is quiet and insecure. Where Julia breezes through, Robin has to bear down. Where Julia's rich parents will always bail her out of trouble, Robin is a scholarship student who doesn't even know who her parents are. But when Julia and Robin are thrown together as freshman-year roommates, it's just the beginning . . . of a beautiful friendship.

As we follow two friends across more than two decades and watch their dreams collide with the realities of careers, husbands, families, and aging parents, we're drawn into a warm and affirming story, a prickly testimony to the power of true friendship.

Algonquin Books, 9781565121720

Publication Date: January 4, 1997

About the Author

Janis Arnold, a native Texan, has also lived in Florida and North Carolina. She currently lives with her husband and son in San Antonio, where she teaches school. She earned a B.A. from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. from the University of Houston. Her first novel, Daughters of Memory, was published by Algonquin in 1991 and reissued as a Front Porch paperback in 1993.