The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

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While The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells veers toward melodrama in a few instances...it manages to construct three carefully sculpted worlds that can be compared and contrasted in a number of different ways...
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From the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli comes The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived.

After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.

In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?

 

About Andrew Sean Greer

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Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which received a California Book Award. He is currently a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center. He lives in San Francisco.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Ecco. 307 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by DAVID LEAVITT on Jul 12 2013

“The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” is a generous novel...the reader should trust that certain bombs planted covertly in the early pages will explode in the later ones.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 15 2013

...Greer too often skimps on the period details that can give time travel stories a sense of reality...

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Jason Beerman on Jul 12 2013

While The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells veers toward melodrama in a few instances...it manages to construct three carefully sculpted worlds that can be compared and contrasted in a number of different ways...

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