Martha and Me
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Set in a world of luxury and power, this is the story of two
remarkable women and a friendship that changed both their
For more than two decades, Mariana
Pasternak and Martha Stewart were nearly inseparable. They
first met over a garden gate in Westport, Connecticut, two
suburban wives wedded to successful men but with grand
aspirations of their own. Their bond only deepened after
their marriages ended in divorce. Struggling as a single
mother, but drawn into a seductive world of privilege and
adventure, Pasternak watched with admiration as her friend
built an empire that would make her one of the richest women
A European …migr… with sophisticated
tastes, Pasternak helped to smooth Stewart's rough edges,
while Stewart drew Pasternak into a rarefied world, where
together they navigated the sometimes hilarious and often
difficult challenges of being single. The depth of their
friendship not only benefited them both but also influenced
how they defined themselves, through good times and bad.
Friendship between women is never simple and this one was no
With Stewart's newfound success and
Pasternak's zest for adventure, the two women's friendship
was based on their mutual quest for wonder and discovery.
They rode horses through the desert dunes of Egypt, hiked
the winding Inca Trail to the mysterious Machu Picchu,
paddled at night in dugout canoes through the Amazonian
jungle. They toasted the good life with thin-stemmed
champagne glasses and sipped ďjade dew" green tea in
Martha's Turkey Hill kitchen. This was no ordinary life.
As time passed, money, men, and the arrogance of
wealth frayed the bonds they had built so carefully over
more than twenty years. The final break came when Pasternak
was called as a witness in the high-profile trial that
brought about Stewart's conviction and prison sentence.
Pasternak's deeply personal memoir tells the story of their
friendship with honesty and candor, reflecting on the power
of such intense relationships to change our lives, and the
devastating aftermath when those relationships end.
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