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The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg

Published: 2010-04-06
Hardcover : 256 pages
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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 ...
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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 LesterHeseenpfeffer, 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.

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What is the purpose of high school reunions? Is it because people want to live in the past? Are they trying to get closure on specific events or times?
Why do you think people go to (or don't go to) high school reunions?
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  "The Last Time I Saw You"by mameck (see profile) 10/06/14

Quick read, very funny and realistic. Everything that you would image for your 40th class reunion and more.

 
  "the last time I saw you"by msharry (see profile) 04/14/11

for anyone for whom high school was less than socially triumphant-and for those who seemed at the time to have had it all-lives of assorted characters are revealed as they prepare to attend their 40th... (read more)

 
  "An easy read"by Infogal (see profile) 04/03/11

A high school reunion is going to remind many people of some torturous years of angst. For some, it is a return to a happier time.

"The Last Time I Saw You" follows several characters, m

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