To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something differenta 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, its a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester Heseenpfeffer, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vetor at least thats what he tells himself. For Candy Armstrong, the class beauty, its 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.
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"It's cleanly plotted, ably written, and sure to appeal to boomers staring down the barrel of their own 40th reunions." - Publishers Weekly
"Book groups are clamoring for upbeat yet significant works that are entertaining as well as enlightening; Bergs latest novel satisfies and succeeds on both counts." - Booklist
"More cynical than her usual Anne Tyler-lite approach ... this time she steers clear of the maudlin to go for the jugular." - Kirkus Reviews
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Elizabeth Berg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 2, 1948.
Before Berg became a writer, she was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was her "school" for writingtaking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships--all things that she tends to focus on in her work. She worked as a waitress, and she sang in a rock band. One day, she entered a writing contest for a magazine and won. She wrote for magazines for ten years, then moved into novels and has not stopped since. She usually writes a book a year. Berg has won a number of awards.
She was married for over twenty years and is now divorced. Berg has two daughters and three grandchildren. She currently lives in ...
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