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Five Fortunes

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Five Fortunes

Five Fortunes is a novel about the rejuvenating power of friendship. In it, five women of different socio-economic background and temperaments meet at The Cloisters--a posh health spa in Arizona affectionately called "Fat Chance" by its devotees. Each brings with her a private burden and a hope for emotional and physical healing. Rae Strouse, a wealthy, spry octogenarian, comes every year for relief from the pains and losses of old age. Amy Burrows and her overweight teenage daughter, Jill, come to try a new cure for an old trauma. Carter Bond, a divorced L.A. Private Investigator, has been tricked into a week at the Cloisters by a business partner who wants her to quit smoking. And Laura Lopez, a judge and daughter of a prominent Idaho political family, hopes to let go of a paralyzing sense that her own life ended when her husband's did.

These five women have extremely different lives and gifts, but they have in common kindness, courage, and a sense of the ridiculous. The interlocking alliances they form affect each of them in unexpected ways in the touching, witty, and always entertaining story that follows their first chance meeting.

Five Fortunes
by Beth Gutcheon

  • Publication Date: March 3, 1999
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0060929952
  • ISBN-13: 9780060929954