Talk Before Sleep is the second book I’ve read by Elizabeth Berg; I reviewed What We Keep last January. If I thought What We Keep had its intense moments, it was nothing compared to Talk Before Sleep. I knew before I started it that it was about two women who are best friends and one of whom is dying of breast cancer, but I was not prepared for the raw and intense emotions that Berg writes about with incredible insight. I was very engaged by Berg’s writing and could hardly put the book down, but at the same time I could hardly bear to keep reading. Although I have never experienced anything similar to what occurs in the book, my sensitive and empathetic nature allows me to very easily identify with characters going through painful experiences. Particularly when those experiences are so well written about, as in the case of Talk Before Sleep, it does not take much for me to imagine myself going through such things. This book, needless to say, made me cry. I highly recommend it, however, if you feel prepared for an intense experience. It is a beautiful and touching glimpse in to two women’s lives.