Claire is a doctor. Sally is a lawyer. Claire grew up in a middle class, two-income family in Ohio. Sally was raised in California, the privileged benefactress of her father's magazine empire. The girls meet for the first time in the fall of 1973, when they become roommates and best friends at the start of their freshman year at Oberlin College. Their friendship lasts for the rest of their lives.
The two women maintain close ties throughout college, then medical school, interning and, finally, private practice for Claire; law school then trial work for Sally. Claire visits Sally as often as possible and becomes an honorary member of her family.
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