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The Last Time They Met | [Anita Shreve]

The Last Time They Met

At a literary festival in Toronto, Linda Fallon encounters the man who was once at the center of her life: Thomas Janes, the famous poet. Since last seeing him, she has married, given birth, and been widowed. Thomas' appearance rocks Linda, raises questions she had long abandoned, and inspires new dreams.
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At a literary festival in Toronto, Linda Fallon encounters the man who was once at the center of her life: Thomas Janes, the famous poet. Since last seeing him, she has married, given birth, and been widowed. Thomas' appearance rocks Linda, raises questions she had long abandoned, and inspires new dreams.

The Last Time They Met moves backwards to explore Linda's life years earlier, at age 26, when an affair with Thomas shattered her life, and at age 17, when they first met.

In this mesmerizing novel, Anita Shreve, author of the international best seller The Pilot's Wife, examines the resilience of emotion and the extraordinary repercussions a single choice, even a single word, can have over a lifetime.

©2003 Anita Shreve; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Her fluid narrative perfectly mirrors her protagonists' evolving temperaments and viewpoints, while her overall restraint serves to intensify the novel's devastating conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Joe Richmond, VA, United States 11-23-10
    Joe Richmond, VA, United States 11-23-10
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    "Very Interesting"

    I loved this book but it was a little hard to follow at first. The book starts in the future and works it way back in time revealing key pieces of information as it progresses. After you have listened to it the first time, you will want to go back listen again to connect all the subtle clues. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Linz, Austria 05-01-09
    Andrea Linz, Austria 05-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "love story to remember"

    Cleverly crafted story about true love and many "what ifs". A love story that you will remember despite - or because of! - its stunning end.
    The abridging was well done, no obvious gaps and the narration was excellent.

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    reasonable critic United States 02-01-13
    reasonable critic United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Author Scammed the Readers/Listeners"

    I am a fan of Anita Shreve, especially Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rock. So it was with anticipation that I invested a good deal of time and emotional energy getting caught up in the lives of the characters in this book. However, I felt "sucker-punched" by the unexpected ending of this book. I am actually so angry at the author for using such a cheap, trite literary trick at the end--one which I feel showed little regard for her audience-- that I am boycotting any future novels by Shreve. If you don't want to feel insulted and cheated out of a credit or $, skip this book.

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    J Stillwater, OK, United States 04-15-09
    J Stillwater, OK, United States 04-15-09 Member Since 2005
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    "SKIP THIS"

    THE most boring book I've ever tried to listen to...don't bother with it.

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