From the acclaimed author of Pearl and Final Payments comes a beautifully choreographed novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years and reimmersing themselves in their shared past.
Miranda and Adam, high-school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, a city where they once spent a summer deeply in love, living together blissfully. At an awkward reunion, the two—who parted in an atmosphere of passionate betrayal in the 1960s and haven’t seen each other since—are surprised to discover that they may have something to talk about. Both have their own guilt, their sense of who betrayed whom, and their long-held interpretation of the events that caused them not to marry and to split apart into the lives they’ve led since—both are married to others, with grown children. For the few weeks they are in Rome, Adam suggests that they meet for daily walks and get to know each other again. Gradually, as they take in the pleasures of the city and the drama of its streets, they discover not only what matters to them now but also more about what happened to them long ago.
Miranda and Adam are masterfully portrayed characters, intent upon understanding who they are in relation to who they were. A story about what first love means and how it is shattered, and the lessons old lovers may still have to share with each other many years later, The Love of My Youth is also a poignant look back at the hopes and dreams of a generation and what became of them.
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While pondering a famous statue on a Roman side street, Adam remarks: "We believe that it's important to leave a mark, but it doesn't occur to us that it might be a bad mark, undistinguished or corrupt, a mark that would be better unleft."Apr 25 2011 | Read Full Review of The Love of My Youth
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She understands Adam's relief that Miranda survived his betrayal, and Miranda's vindication in realizing that she has led the happier, healthier life: Adam has paid for his defection with a heart condition and a miserable first marriage that ended with his wife's suicide.Apr 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Love of My Youth
The two take daily walks together, with Adam showing Miranda "one beautiful thing" on each of them.Apr 04 2011 | Read Full Review of The Love of My Youth
In Mary Gordon's novel "The Love of My Youth," Miranda and Adam are the teenagers who spend "hours lying in grassy spaces, cold seeping through their clothes, the cold ignored," who "know they will be together all their lives."Apr 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Love of My Youth
Klein San Francisco Chronicle 2.5 of 5 Stars "Though life does of course throw surprising encounters and coincidences our way, the staginess of Gordon's setup is hard to ignore, not least because in the sometimes confusing first chapters, each character delivers long paragraphs of speech pac...Apr 10 2011 | Read Full Review of The Love of My Youth
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