Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives
On Sale: September 9, 2008
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The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an
expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not
only themselves but a community.
Four years ago, in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a
diamond necklace in a local jewelry store display window.
The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative
question: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet
accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired?
Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith
later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women,
with the goal of sharing it.
Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves
in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past,
defining her present, making promises for her future.
Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the
necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to
each of the thirteen women.
With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women show
us how they transcended their individual personalities and
politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What
started as a quirky social experiment became something far
richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of
exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered
that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the
beginning; The more they shared with others, the more
profound this experience–and experiment–became.
Original, resonant, and beautifully told, this book is an
inspiring story about a necklace that became greater than
the sum of its links, and about thirteen ordinary women who
understood the power of possibility, who touched the lives
of a community, and who together created one extraordinary
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