Elizabeth Berg’s latest novel, Tapestry of Fortunes, invites the reader into the lives of four women.
Cecilia Ross, the main character, is looking for change in her life. It doesn’t matter that she’s a motivational speaker and the author of several books. She can tell everyone else how to change but can’t take her own advice.
Cecilia is reeling from the death of her best friend. But it’s her mother, now living in an assisted living environment and grabbing all that life has to offer each day, who pushes Cecilia into taking the steps that will change her life forever.
I was with Cecilia as she made the decision to sell her suburban Minnesota home along with all the furniture in it.
She moves into a gorgeous old house in Saint Paul. She knows all will be right with her world when she sees the garden in the back and has permission to do with it as she wants. Cecilia also has her own bedroom and private bath—and three diverse and fascinating housemates.
Lise: the home owner and a divorced mother at odds with her twenty-year-old daughter.
Joni: a superior sous chef who wants nothing more than to escape her jerk of a boss and set-up her own small restaurant.
Renie: the youngest roommate and perhaps the most unsettled. She has a secret and it’s eating away at her.
Elizabeth Berg develops these four characters and pours their relationships onto the pages in a way that shows life’s little details springing into action. Each woman becomes as important as the one presented before or after.
Tapestry of Fortunes is exquisitely written. The prose is often poetic. Elizabeth Berg sets four women on a mission and, in turn, the reader is shown the inner truths of women’s lives.
Tapestry of Fortunes is my twentieth Elizabeth Berg read. She never fails to entertain me with a relatable story that reaches deep into the soul. As the years have passed, her characters have become more mature, but I’ve aged as well and it’s reaffirming to read of older women making real-world choices.