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A Line Between Friends [Paperback]

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Item description for A Line Between Friends by VanOrt Cozzens Michele...

Michele VanOrt Cozzens' first work of fiction. Her prior books are "I'm Living Your Dream Life" and "The Things I Wish I'd Said."

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2006
Publisher   McKenna Publishing Group
ISBN  1932172262  
ISBN13  9781932172263  

Availability  109 units.
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a line between friends  Aug 8, 2008
this book is a nice read. it took me back to my college days and i revisited my life from the outside looking in.
the author's way of writing makes me love word description. i recommend this book for a delightful read thru time.

s. neely
A Great Read!  Aug 2, 2008
A Line Between Friends is a very pleasing read. The story, told in the voice of each of the main characters, chronicles the 20+ year relationship between Joel and Noelle. It has many feel good moments that caused me to have my own personal flashbacks to relationships in my past. The story tackles the age old question of whether a man and woman can remain friends when each marries someone else. This book is great for anyone, male or female, who has felt the joys and pains of love. The character development and writing style made this an easy read that I didn't want to end. I am eagerly awaiting her next novel.
An absorbingly well written tale   Jul 25, 2008
An absorbingly well written tale that moves through the lives of two likable, yet sometimes maddening characters who along with their family and friends, always ring true. It is a perfect summer read. Michele's fiction reminded me of old friends and made me wonder what ever happened to some of those college relationships. The theme of rejection and loss is painful, however, VanOrt Cozzens manages to use rich scene descriptions and real language to carry the reader through the years, and soon I was wrapped up in wanting to know what would happen to these old friends. Pick up a copy of A Line Between Friends and find out for yourself. You will be glad you did!
I have recommended this story to so many people I've lost count. The topic of platonic friendship seems to keep coming up in conversation, and this book explores the topic by telling the history of one such couple very well.

Joel and Noelle meet in high school, go to the same college and then go their separate ways. But something binds them together more than other college friends who fade from their lives just as easily as they entered. They stay in touch through the occasional call or Christmas card, yet neither really pursues a deeper friendship once they each marry someone else and move ahead with their lives. This is why it's so strange to Noelle when she receives a note from Joel (how the story begins) that very abruptly asks her to end all contact, and why she goes back in time to examine their relationship. The story isn't only told through Noelle's perspective. Joel has equal time as the chapters alternate between the two.

The author captures the era of the 1970's and 1980's with sights, sounds and smells, and her characters are highly believable. It's a quick read primarily because you can't help but wonder what conclusion they both will draw about the friendship coming to an end. The He-said, She-said format is the perfact way to tell this story.
The Man Who Got Away  Mar 7, 2008
Anyone who has ever googled an old flame will relate to this book.

Michele Cozzens' A Line Between Friends captures--in heart-wrenching detail--the bittersweet passage of time, the memory of teenage love, and the necessity of growing up and accepting the choices we've made. I found myself cheering for Joel and Noelle, but I also wanted to slap some sense into them. "Look," I felt like shouting, "You're perfect for each other! Wake up! Get it together!" But Joel's and Noelle's family obligations, jobs, and other relationships get in the way, causing them to miss obvious opportunities to express their love for each other. Ultimately, in an ending that's both satisfying and sad, they learn to accept the meaning of their friendship.

Cozzens has sprinkled her very real characters with a healthy dose of charm, and planted them in an era and environment that will strike a chord with anyone who came of age in the late seventies and eighties. I recognized myself and my friends in many of Cozzens' wacky and lovable college kids. At one point, I swear I could smell the marijuana.

Cozzens has a knack for writing about balance and choice. Her memoir-- I'm Living Your Dream Life: The Story of a Northwoods Resort Owner-- reveals the tightwire act performed by women who decide to combine motherhood with a career. Although I'm not considering dragging out the bell-bottom jeans and the bong, A Line Between Friends made me long for a time and place that I miss, just a little, when the doors in my life seem to creak shut. Oh, to go back, to sort it out differently, to take the chances I wish I had taken! Cozzens points out, with skill, humor, and a clever plot, that the road away from true love can sometimes help us discover ourselves.

Robin Meloy Goldsby is the author of Piano Girl: A Memoir and the solo piano artist featured on Songs from the Castle and Twilight.

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