Almost by Elizabeth Benedict

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ALMOST, Elizabeth Benedict's fourth novel, is "her most spirited to date" (New York Times Book Review). Forty-something narrator Sophy Chase has just begun a lighthearted, romantically adventurous life in New York City when she learns that her almost ex-husband has been found dead on the New England resort island where she left him just months before. Lured back to the island by feelings she thought she had left behind, Sophy must navigate treacherous emotional terrain involving her grown stepdaughters, a former lover who is now a celebrity lawyer, the mystery of her husband's death -- and her own darkest impulses.

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Elizabeth Benedict is a graduate of Barnard College and the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing. She is the editor of the anthology Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, and has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and the Huffington Post, the Rumpus, and Tin House. Two of her essays have been selected for Best American Essays collections. She has taught widely and works as a writing coach and editor.
Published June 23, 2002 by Mariner Books. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In fact, it’s the people on the fringes who seem the most real here: a set of Vietnamese adoptees, a bartender who recognizes Sophy from AA meetings, Ben, the neighbor who discovered Will’s body, and Will himself (who’s more interesting than Sophy, even though he’s dead).

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I had so dreaded telling her the news that comforting her now was effortless.'' Several story lines plump up the narrative.+(May we take a moment to applaud Benedict for doing her bit to save the sub-plot, one of the most endangered aspects of...

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