Rufi Thorpe's The Girls from Corona del Mar
So this is a story about a pair of friends over the years, from their younger years as teens in California--when one thinks of herself as the "bad one," and the other leads a seemingly charmed life, at least until tragedy comes her way--to their disparate, globe-trotting adulthoods. There's some interesting stuff here on motherhood, family, friendship, romance, and the goddess Inanna, but I wished for things to be fleshed out a little more. And as the book went out, I got kind of stressed out and had to put it down for a while. Both girls are occasionally assholes, which I guess is realistic, but makes for some cringe-worthy reading. I also wished for a little more from the ending, which was a tiny bit abrupt. Solid writing here, though, and good characterization. It just kind of bummed me out. B/B+.