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The Last Romantics: A Novel de Tara Conklin
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The Last Romantics: A Novel (2019 original; edició 2019)

de Tara Conklin (Autor)

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A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! An Instant New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of the Month by Goodreads * Lithub * Refinery29 * InStyle * HelloGiggles * Real Simple * Parade * PureWow * Bustle "A richly observed novel, both ambitious and welcoming." -- Meg Wolitzer A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose--and sometimes rescue--the ones we love. When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time. It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings--fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona--emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected.  Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they've made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.  A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, The Last Romantics is a beautiful meditation on the power of stories--how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.… (més)
Membre:TeacherLarson
Títol:The Last Romantics: A Novel
Autors:Tara Conklin (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2019), 368 pages
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Valoració:*****
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At a lecture in the future famous poet Fiona Skinner tells the audience about the inspiration of her most famous work, which is also the story of her family, and a story not even her husband knows in it's entirety. While the situations that the characters go through are unique the ways they deal with loss and how it impacts their relationships through the years was full of both joy and tragedy that felt familiar. I found myself relating to more than one character and their actions as they dealt with life, responsibility, love, loss, and their relationships. I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher.
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  SteveKey | Jan 8, 2021 |
Is 6 stars a thing. Love, tragedy, siblings, and beautiful lyrical language. On top of that I could not put it down. Thank you Ms. Conklin for taking me on such a heart-rending trip. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
I was thrilled to win this novel in an online giveaway from William Morrow. When I first began reading THE LAST ROMANTICS, I felt whispers of similarity to COMMONWEALTH, by Ann Patchett, the novel against which I measured all others for a while a couple years ago. I thought, hmmm....multiple siblings, a singular event that reverberates throughout their lives, and prose that I simply fell into and never wanted to leave. But, as I read more of this wonderful novel, I began to appreciate it on its own merit. First of all, it starts in the year 2079, and then goes backwards into the 1970's, and then forward again towards the end, and this was done very well. Secondly, there is a significant mystery that the author takes the whole book to unravel, making the pace of the novel compelling. She also leaves little hints of things to come that create feelings of dread, but also eagerness to figure out what is to come. Like COMMONWEALTH, once I began THE LAST ROMANTICS I got lost in the narrative, completely unaware of anything going on around me - and I didn't want to be bothered with sleep, which felt completely unnecessary so long as I was reading this story!

When their father dies suddenly, and their mother falls into a years-long depression, 4 young children must survive without parental care or authority, and the ramifications of these two significant events are beautifully and poignantly described in this richly textured novel that held me completely in its thrall. This, this is what reading is all about, for me. I highly recommend. ( )
  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
At age 102, set in 2079, the famous poet Fiona Skinner is at a reading when a question from the audience causes her to revisit her past. The book moves to 1981 when Fiona's father dies and her mother, deeply depressed, effectively retreats from life for 2-3 years, leaving Fiona and her siblings, Renee, Caroline and Joe, to fend for themselves. We trace each of their lives, and the subsequent effects of their mother's isolation, called The Pause, on their outcomes. Fiona emerges from her depression as a feminist, and counsels her girls not to enter into marriage or rely on a man for support. On the other hand, she completely supports the son of the family, golden boy Joe, who has a gift for baseball, but squanders his gifts due to his addictions.

There are a lot of storylines here, but Conklin does an admirable job keeping them understandable to the reader. The 4 siblings are quite close growing up, but their paths diverge, and Joe's death causes them to separate from each other for a 5 year period. I'm not sure I understood the plot line that kept the siblings seeking Joe's last girlfriend, Luna, looking for explanations as to how he died. It seemed a bit out of character. But in the end, the book was well written and a somewhat compulsive read for me. ( )
  peggybr | Oct 22, 2020 |
Sibling stories are never my favorite, but the author can certainly turn a phrase. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 8, 2020 |
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A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! An Instant New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of the Month by Goodreads * Lithub * Refinery29 * InStyle * HelloGiggles * Real Simple * Parade * PureWow * Bustle "A richly observed novel, both ambitious and welcoming." -- Meg Wolitzer A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose--and sometimes rescue--the ones we love. When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time. It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings--fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona--emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected.  Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they've made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.  A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, The Last Romantics is a beautiful meditation on the power of stories--how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

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