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Commencement
J. Courtney Sullivan
Adult Fiction SULLIVA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It isn't quite love at first sight when Celia, Sally, Bree and April meet as first-year hall mates at Smith College in the late 1990s. Sally, whose mother has just died, is too steeped in grief to think about making new friends, and April's radical politics rub against Celia and Bree's more conventional leanings. But as the girls try out their first days of independence together, the group forms an intense bond that grows stronger throughout their college years and is put to the test after graduation. Even as the young women try to support each other through the trials of their early twenties, various milestones-Sally's engagement, Bree's anomalous girlfriend, April's activist career-only seem to breed disagreement. Things come to a head the night before Sally's wedding, when an argument leaves the friends seething and silent; but before long, the women begin to suspect that life without one another might be harder than they thought. Sullivan's novel quickly endears the reader to her cast, though the book never achieves the heft Sullivan seems to be striving for. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Graduating from college and moving into the "real world" is a rite of passage for many people. For Celia, Bree, April, and Sally, it's bittersweet to leave the confines of Smith College, where they all met. As first years, they bonded not only because they were new but because they lived together in the worst rooms in King House, third-floor maids' quarters. Celia's a Catholic schoolgirl, April an angry young feminist, and Bree the Southern belle who is already engaged, while Sally has just lost her mother to cancer. Despite these differences, they become best friends, and what they share at Smith carries them into their later lives-even as they go on to very different realities. Sullivan's first novel is a coming-of-age tale of young women in contemporary society where some of the battles of the women's movement have been won-but not all. The characters still face issues about sexuality, equality, and cultural expectations, and Sullivan's intriguing treatment partly refreshes the novel's familiar concept. For fans of contemporary women's fiction.-Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Sally
Female
Age: 20s
Engaged
Lost her mother her first year of college; became friends with April, Celia, and Bree; was in love with her college English professor; reunited with her college friends for her wedding.

April
Female
Age: 20s
Radical
Became friends with Sally, Celia, and Bree in her college years.
Activist

Celia
Female
Age: 20s
Came to college with her grandmother's rosary beads and a bottle of vodka; became friends with Sally, April, and Bree in her college years; doesn't trust men.

Bree
Female
Age: 20s
Lesbian
Mourned leaving her fiance behind while attending college; became friends with Sally, April, and Celia in her college years; became a Lesbian.



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