The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis

The Necklace is our book club pick for August. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the book, but was pleasantly surprised.  The book is the story of a group of women who decided to jointly purchase a diamond necklace worth $37,000 and share the necklace among them through the year.  At first I thought, do I really care what each of the women did while they had possession of the necklace?  But then I realized that the book was about more than just the necklace.  It was about how it changed the women – their viewpoints and sometimes themselves.  The women learned more about sharing: sharing the necklace, sharing more of themselves, sharing with their community.  The necklace became a community symbol and was used in a variety of ways to help raise money for worthy causes.

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