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Best Intentions

(2009)
A novel by

 
 
What happens when you think you know the person you love -- and you're dead wrong?

From the acclaimed author of Waiting to Surface comes the story of four college friends whose reunion reawakens old desires and grudges -- with fatal results.

After tossing and turning all night, thirty-nine-year-old Lisa Barkley wakes up well before her alarm sounds. With two daughters about to start another year at their elite Upper East Side private school and her own career hitting a wall, the effort of trying to stay afloat in that privileged world of six-story town houses and European jaunts has become increasingly difficult, especially as Manhattan descends into an economic freefall.

As Lisa looks over at her sleeping husband, Sam, she can't help but feel that their fifteen-year marriage is in a funk that she isn't able to place. She tries to shake it off and tells herself that the strain must be due to their mounting financial pressures. But later that morning, as her family eats breakfast in the next room, Lisa finds herself checking Sam's voicemail and hears a whispered phone call from a woman he is to meet that night. Is he having an affair?

When Lisa shares her suspicions with her best friend, Deirdre, at their weekly breakfast, Deirdre claims it can't be true. But how can Lisa fully trust her opinion when Deirdre is still single and mired in an obsessive affair with a glamorous photographer even as it hovers on the edge of danger?

When Deirdre's former college flame, Jack, comes to town and the two couples meet to cele-brate his fortieth birthday, the stage is set for an explosiveT series of discoveries with devastating consequences.

Filled with suspense and provocative ques-tions about the relationships we value most, Best Intentions is a tightly woven drama of love, friendship and betrayal.



Praise for this book

"An intriguing story full of warmth, humor and insight." - Joy Fielding


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Hardback Editions

May 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Best Intentions: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Listfield
ISBN: 1-4165-7671-1 / 978-1-4165-7671-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Best Intentions: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Listfield
ISBN: 1-4165-7672-X / 978-1-4165-7672-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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Title: Best Intentions: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Listfield
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April 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Best Intentions: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Listfield
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU