The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve
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A dazzling story about marriage, forgiveness, and chances not taken, by the bestselling author of Body Surfing and A Wedding in December.


At a literary festival a poet named Linda Fallon meets for the first time in years a fellow poet, Thomas Janes, whose fame has grown during a decade of seclusion.

This is no chance meeting. Thomas saw that Linda was scheduled to appear, and chose this moment to re-establish contact with a woman he had passionately pursued years earlier. Their affair was disastrous for them both, a turning point in their lives, and the damage they did in those years still haunts them both.

THE LAST TIME THEY MET moves backward in time from Linda at age 52 to explore her life years earlier, at age 26, and still earlier, at 17. Anita Shreve examines the extraordinary resonance a single choice, even a single word, can have over the course of a lifetime.
 

About Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published April 10, 2001 by Little, Brown and Company. 328 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Part Two depicts their encounter in Kenya: both married to other people but retaining tender memories of the adolescent romance cut short by a car accident, they're briefly happy until Thomas's wife finally achieves her desperate desire to get pregnant, triggering an ugly confrontation the author...

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The Last Time They Met is a testament to the potent power of a true love, first love, and life-long love.

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Thomas is in Africa, married to Regina, a woman who, while not entirely detestable, is no match for the warm and intelligent Linda whom Shreve describes in the first part of the book.

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Readers who found Janes an artfully rendered character in Shreve's dark emotional thriller ''The Weight of Water'' will wish he had never come ashore from ''Water'''s cursed sailing trip, if only to avoid the embarrassment of descriptions like the following: ''As Linda watches Thomas emerge from ...

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