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ISBN13: 9781400068647
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From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another—and themselves—at their fortieth high school reunion.

To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something different—a last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the bleaker realities of everyday life, a means to save a marriage on the rocks, or an opportunity to bond with a slightly estranged daughter, if only over what her mother should wear.

As the onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy Shauman, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob, Pete Decker. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice Mayhew, it’s a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester Heseenpfeffer, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vet—or at least that’s what he tells himself. For Candy Armstrong, the class beauty, it’s the hope of finding friendship before it is too late.

As Dorothy, Mary Alice, Lester, Candy, and the other classmates converge for the reunion dinner, four decades melt away: Desires and personalities from their youth reemerge, and new discoveries are made. For so much has happened to them all. And so much can still happen.

In this beautiful novel, Elizabeth Berg deftly weaves together stories of roads taken and not taken, choices made and opportunities missed, and the possibilities of second chances.

Review:

"A high school reunion and all of its attendant dramas is the backdrop of Berg's rose-tinted latest (after Home Safe). For Dorothy Shauman, her 40th reunion is the chance to finally hook up with her high school crush. She prepares weeks in advance for the big night, strange as that may seem, preening in front of the mirror. As Berg surveys the gamut of emotions felt by Dorothy and some of her classmates, she zeroes in on an array of stereotypes — the hot girls, the jocks, the in crowd, the out crowd — and considers what makes each one tick, offering the vanilla revelation that the person on the inside doesn't always match the person on the outside. It's cleanly plotted, ably written, and sure to appeal to boomers staring down the barrel of their own 40th reunions." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of Pleasures, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at various venues around the country. She lives near Chicago.

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OneMansView, June 28, 2010 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Fifty-somethings reliving the past (2.5*s)

A book based on surely one of the silliest rituals that we Americans insist upon, that is, the every-five-years high school reunion, cannot help but be regarded in the same manner. Do any, other than jocks, cheerleaders, and the oblivious, really desire to travel hundreds and thousands of miles in our dispersed society to replay the cruelties, absurdities, ignorance, and immaturities of the high school years? The author simply assumes that a fortieth reunion attended by those in their late fifties is compelling.

The author follows a few stereotypical individuals, ranging from the star quarterback, the class beauty queen, one who is forever trying to ingratiate herself with the most popular, and two good students constantly tormented by their classmates, in the week leading to the reunion. The indecisions to attend and the anxieties may be real enough, but the agendas of some are at the level of a gushing, delusional teenager with as much likelihood of succeeding.

In the author’s telling, a good time was had by all, if stumbling around not recognizing anyone, being drowned out by loud music, and eating tasteless chicken constitutes enjoyment. An attempt to rescue the shallowness of the proceedings with an impromptu session of truth-telling by twenty five of the attendees late in the evening seems more ridiculous than saving. Though not the author’s intent, this book might well stimulate some to reassess this ritual: Who pushes for it? Why? Who attends? Is it all juvenile and nonsensical or just pathetic? Maybe that is why jocks and cheerleaders are drawn to reunions.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400068647
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Berg, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Class reunions
Subject:
Reminiscing
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100406
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.05 in 1.1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A high school reunion and all of its attendant dramas is the backdrop of Berg's rose-tinted latest (after Home Safe). For Dorothy Shauman, her 40th reunion is the chance to finally hook up with her high school crush. She prepares weeks in advance for the big night, strange as that may seem, preening in front of the mirror. As Berg surveys the gamut of emotions felt by Dorothy and some of her classmates, she zeroes in on an array of stereotypes — the hot girls, the jocks, the in crowd, the out crowd — and considers what makes each one tick, offering the vanilla revelation that the person on the inside doesn't always match the person on the outside. It's cleanly plotted, ably written, and sure to appeal to boomers staring down the barrel of their own 40th reunions." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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