The Necklace

The Necklace

Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives

Large Print - 2009 | Large print ed
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Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009, c2008
Edition: Large print ed
Branch Call Number: 302.34082 N
Characteristics: 295 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jarvis, Cheryl
Women of Jewelia
ISBN: 9781410413079
1410413071

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DBRL_KrisA Jun 24, 2019

I loved the premise: a group of people - some longtime friends, some newly met - join together to buy a piece of jewelry that none of them would have been able to afford on their own. Women of diverse backgrounds, joined together in their ownership of The Necklace, discovering that they actually have so much in common.

The problem is that these women aren't that different from each other. All white, all about 40-60 years old, mostly conservatives, all financially well-off enough to be able to come up with over $1200 in a short period of time. There are no women of color here, no poor people, no grocery store clerks or housemaids. (Actually, I take that back - there are a few of these types of women; they're the ones that these other women deign to allow to wear "their necklace" for a few minutes, or an hour.) The social experiment the book promises - learning to set aside differences and embrace what they have in common - never really happens because they never really step outside the "gated community" of their lives.

There's also some very scary moments of chauvinistic behavior - either encouraged by, or in some cases instigated by, the women themselves. One of them convinces her husband to let her buy into the group by promising to have sex with him wearing only the diamond necklace. She then tells the group, and they make it a rule/guideline - whenever it's your turn to wear the necklace, you have to have sex with your husband/boyfriend wearing only the necklace.

There are some great moments - when they all get together to help one of their group put together a wedding for her son and his fiance; when that same mother breaks out of her all-work-no-fun rut and starts enjoying her life - but mostly this is a book written by a group of women (and their ghostwriter) as a pat on their own backs.

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