Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Best Freinds Forever: A Novella

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Best Freinds Forever: A Novella

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Kimberla Lawson Roby. Best Friends Forever: A Novella. New York: Grand Central Publishing, January 2016. 192pp. ISBN: 978-1-45552608-6. 5.5X8.25. $20.

One positive about this book is that it opens with an argument. A cheating husband, Keith, enters the bedroom, and his wife, Celine Richardson, threatens to call the police on him if he ever returns that late again. A question in the "Reading Group Guide" asks, "Do you agree with Celine's decision to let Keith come back?" So, she dumps him for cheating and then takes him back. And this is apparently the glorious message that leads to this ending to the book, "She was going to be the perfect wife for Jackson, and Celine thanked God for Lauren. She thanked God for His mercy, His grace, and His peace. She thanked Him for His unwavering love- she thanked Him for absolutely everything" (177). Isn't adultery a deadly sin? Have we come to a point in America's literary history when hyper-religious novels glorify adultery as something to be thankful for? Even in the nineteenth century, it was legal and moral to divorce a husband if he was cheating on a wife. The summary of the book explains that it is really about Celine's cancer diagnosis amidst these problems with her husband. By chatting with her "best friend," Lauren, Celine decides to return to her husband and to continue the harassing shouting matches and the other elements of her toxic home life. Why does she go back to this life? "Celine listened, but no matter what Jackson and Lauren said, all she wanted was her life back. She wanted her husband to come home, so that they could return to living the life they once had. …

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