Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.
"Sisterhood Everlasting" (book in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. the girls are nearing their with lives that have separated them. but one tragic event turns their worlds upside down, and brings them back
Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne ~ One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose.