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by Liz Byrski

They have been close friends for almost two decades, supporting each other through personal and professional crises - parents dying, children leaving home, house moves, job changes, political activism, diets and really bad haircuts. Now the gang of four', Isabel, Sally, Robin and Grace, are all fifty-something, successful and restless. It is Isabel who makes the first move, taking a year away from her family to follow in her mother's footsteps across Europe. Soon Sally is on her way to San Francisco, to come face to face with a guilty secret. Robin, in the wake of a clandestine relationship, heads for isolation in the country. And Grace? Well, Grace would never go away for an entire year, but, lonely in the others' absence, she thinks she might take a short holiday in England. Once there, she bumps into someone she hardly knows - herself.
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ISBN: 0330421573
ISBN13: 978-0330421577
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Liz Byrski
Language: English
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia; Reprint edition (2005)
ePUB size: 1383 kb
FB2 size: 1964 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 303
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The "gang of four" - Isabel, Sally, Robin and Grace have been close friends for almost two decades. Now, they are all fifty-something, successful, and restless.

I'm not a fan of the" mid-life-journey-of-the successful-woman-to-discover-herself" genre, mainly because the whole concept seems so contrived. This particular novel has the usual ingredients:
* The women concerned are successful business/professional women;
* They have no financial worries;
* Their journey involves actually physically travelling. (This, is, in fact, one of my bugbears with such "rite of passage" books - everybody seems to have to go away to find themselves! What do you do if you've worked in a factory all your life and can't afford to go anywhere?)

I didn't find much character development. Apart from Isabel (and Robin, at the end) I had difficulty distinguishing one from another.

A factor that concerned me was the fact that although there was a lot of discussion about the women's feelings, but not much consideration about the influence of those feelings on others. Discussion seemed to be narrow in that their feelings were not presented in context. For example, I felt quite sorry for Doug when he turned up on Christmas day to surprise Isabel, but there was a sense that I wasn't supposed to, as the journey was all about Isabel's feelings, not Doug's!

Although this was a nice, easy read, I didn't find it riveting. It was one of those books you could put down for weeks and re-enter with no problems at all!
This was the second book I read by this author and although I enjoyed it, the themes were very similar to the first book I read ie. latent lesbianism and a sudden, convenient death. It is refreshing though to be able to read about mid-life women rather than the usual "I am just so busy juggling my two children and marketing career" thirty something women.
Liz Burski writes about real women, living real lives and facing normal issues. The characters come to life and are believable. Gang of Four is set mainly in Perth and Western Australia, my home town, this may have added too my enjoyment of the story. Like all of Liz's books you hate the book to end and you are left wanting the story to go on, however the book tells the story of a fairly short period of the characters lives, but a critical time in their lives. I recommend this book.
A very good story so interesting, all the changes each made to their lives
yet still all remained firm friends even when secrets came out
As a 50 + woman this book made me think age is not a barrier, I still have 30+ years ahead of me and they could be good/great years. Being a grandmother doesn't mean I'm marking time...there is still a lot of life left to live.
I felt that the charactors were being unveiled before me as I continued reading and this is from someone who doesn't like fiction and has never read fiction before I discovered Dianne Blacklock.
I am going through her list of books one by one like choosing a chocolate from a box.
Interesting, easy to read. it is great to read something about older women and their lives. Look forward to more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more/all of Liz Byrski's novels, as this is the first of hers that I have read.