RM Book Lounge – The Unfinished Life of Elizabeth D

Sometimes, it seems like you know your best friend as well as you know yourself.  But is that really ever possible?  Do you ever let anyone know the inner workings of your mind?  Nichole Bernier explores these questions in her novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., in which Kate inherits the journals of her late best friend Elizabeth, and begins to question whether or not she ever really knew her friend.


The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.
by Nichole Bernier

“Set in New England in summer 2002, the novel speaks both to friendship and to how we shape and maintain a sense of self, of how the identities we admit to ourselves sometimes stand in stark contrast to those we present to even our closest loved ones.”Liz Raftery, The Boston Globe

“Nichole Bernier’s bittersweet first novel, “The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.” picks up nearly a year after Elizabeth’s death. Killed in an airplane accident, she left behind a confused husband, three young children and an unusual addendum to her will. In a last-minute handwritten note, she bequeathed an antique trunk full of journals to her friend Kate Spenser. She included only one direction: “Start at the beginning.”Nancy Robertson, The Washington Post

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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