This mesmerizing portrait of friendship explores the lives of seven women with a generous embrace and wondrous wisdom. Lydia is having a party—it’s a party she hosts every year for six women friends who treasure the midwinter bash. Over a table laden with a feast of food and wine, the women revel in sharing newsy updates, simmering secrets, and laughter. As this particular evening unfolds, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement. And, as we follow these friends through their party preparations, we meet flawed but lovable characters who are navigating the hassles of daily chores while also meditating in stolen moments on their lives, their regrets, their complicated relationships, and their deepest desires. When Lydia’s announcement shocks them all, they rediscover the enduring bonds of friendship and find their lives changing in unexpected ways.
Margaret Hawkins will be coming to Jolly Good Fellows on February 10 for an author’s brunch. The price is $35 and includes a signed hard copy of the book.
Lydia’s Party will be available on January 27 for $26.95 from Viking at Lake Forest Book Store, 847-234-4420.
—Ann Marie Scheidler