|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2010|
|Number of Pages:||268|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.0|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.22 x 0.64 x 8.1|
Elizabeth Berg's first novel was "Durable Goods". "Talk Before Sleep" was a 1996 Abby Honor Book & a "New York Times" bestseller. "Range of Motion", "The Pull of the Moon", & "Joy School" were all critically acclaimed bestsellers. In 1996, she won the New England Booksellers Award for body of work. In 1997, she won the NEBA Award in fiction, and in 2000 became the author of an Oprah Book Club selection. She lives in Chicago.
Berg (Home Safe) returns with another light and enjoyable read starring a variable cast. Everyone is preparing for their 40th high school reunion-the last one-and we hear from each character from their point of view. The usual high school suspects include Dorothy, the gossipy popular girl and member of an inseparable trio. Dorothy's dream is to rekindle the flames with handsome jock Pete Decker. But Pete's life is a mess; he thought that leaving his high school sweetheart and wife, Nora, for an incredibly young, incredibly hot woman was smart-until he learned that Sandy was also incredibly vacant.
Nora attending the reunion with her new boyfriend isn't making things easier. And what about the golden girl, the beautiful Candy Sullivan-will she still be as beautiful? And that complete weirdo who everyone teased mercilessly, Mary Alice-is she still such a disaster? And Lester, the geeky smart guy? The geek has morphed into a catch-a single one to boot. What happens when this group finally walk through the hotel ballroom doors? Verdict Berg fans will enjoy the ride finding out.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/09; library marketing; large print ISBN 978-0-7393-7741-3; e book ISBN 978-1-58836-892-8.] - Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC
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As onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend for their fortieth high school reunion, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice, it’s a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester, 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, the class beauty, it’s the hope of finding friendship before it’s too late. As these and 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.
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