Going to Bend

By Diane Hammond
Read by Hillary Huber

10.65 Hours 01/01/2004 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781470892036

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    ISBN: 9780786187577

Petie Coolbaugh and Rose Bundy have been best friends since childhood. Now in their early thirties, they are grappling with the coming of age and their station in life. Working together in Petie’s kitchen, they prepare gallons of soup each day for a new upscale café in town. Both of them need the extra money to support their families. The strains of daily life are never far away, however. As the story draws lovers, employers, friends, and family into a mesh of interwoven events and revelations, each woman finds possibilities for love and even grace that she had never imagined. An evocative portrait of life in a small Oregon-coast town, Going to Bend combines the sexy sassiness of Thelma and Louise with the emotional warmth of Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Best Audiobook of 2004

Petie Coolbaugh and Rose Bundy have been best friends since childhood. Now in their early thirties, they are grappling with the coming of age and their station in life. Working together in Petie’s kitchen, they prepare gallons of soup each day for a new upscale café in town. Both of them need the extra money to support their families.

The strains of daily life are never far away, however. As the story draws lovers, employers, friends, and family into a mesh of interwoven events and revelations, each woman finds possibilities for love and even grace that she had never imagined.

An evocative portrait of life in a small Oregon-coast town, Going to Bend combines the sexy sassiness of Thelma and Louise with the emotional warmth of Fried Green Tomatoes.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this remarkable first novel, Diane Hammond brilliantly captures the subtle nuances of everyday life in a small Oregon town and the friendship between two extraordinary women. Funny, heartbreaking, and wise.” Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes 
“Diane Hammond is a fabulous storyteller. Her portrait of small town life is full of humor and detail, and in her characters Petie and Rose, a relationship so original and real, you root for them from page one. I loved this heartfelt story and I am sure you will too.” Adriana Trigiani, author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia
“[Hammond’s] clean, sharp prose, idiosyncratic dialogue and deep insight into relationships embellish this heartfelt debut.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] warm, surprising first novel…Hillary Huber delineates each character with such delicacy that you somehow see whole flesh-and-blood people, and care about all of them.” AudioFile
“Huber’s fine reading pulls the listener in and helps develop a real concern for the two women as Hammond describes the occasional hardships and often humorous triumphs of friendship in this charming first novel.” Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: Diane Hammond

Diane Hammond has worked as a writer and editor and served as a spokesperson for the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Free Willy Keiko Foundation. Her writing has appeared in such magazines as Yankee, Mademoiselle, and Washington Review. She is currently a Web designer in Tacoma, Washington.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English