From the outside, Ruth seems to have it all: a high-powered career, happy marriage and family. But her inner Peace Corps Volunteer is hollering to be let out.
When she bumps into Vivian, her long-lost friend and former hut-mate, she realizes how different she is from the person she used to be and wonders if she’s lost part of herself—the best part—in her quest for “the perfect life.” Her internal tug of war gathers steam and knocks her seemingly perfect urban life out of kilter.
This contemporary literary novel toggles between flashback scenes in West Africa and present ones in Manhattan, as it chronicles the power of the women’s friendship. It’s a fast-paced, funny, and honest coming-of-middle age classic that playfully walks the line between humor and wisdom as it deals with serious issues of mid-life and aging.