Some friendships survive beyond the final gruesome fight, some last beyond the grave. Cathie Beck had that kind of friendship with Denise Katz, an artist she met when she formed a women’s group in an attempt to alleviate her loneliness. She relates the roller coaster ride of their relationship in her memoir, Cheap Cabernet, with a heavy dose of wit and a wine glass full of poignant reflection.
Cheap Cabernet is a vintage tale, a female buddy story chock full of the stuff of life: tears, laughter and love in the darkest of times. You won’t put it down until the final page, at which time a box of Kleenex and a glass of cabernet, cheap or otherwise, would be wise to have on hand: the first to deal with the story’s denouement, the second to toast Beck’s triumph.
Cheap Cabernet is beyond wonderful — it is wickedly funny, poignant, and smart. Mary Karr and Annie Lamott fans will find Cheap Cabernet laugh-out-loud hysterical — and heartbreaking.
“A wonderfully poignant memoir that will remind every woman to call her best friend right away.”
—IRIS RAINER DART
author of Beaches