Almost

Almost

Book - 2001
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Houghton
The hilarious opening of Almost does little to prepare either the reader or the narrator, Sophy Chase, for the drama of what is to come. Almost divorced, Sophy is in bed with her new lover — an art dealer and father of four young children — when the police call her with shocking news. Her almost ex-husband, Will, has died suddenly on the Massachusetts island where she left him just months before. Dazed and grief-stricken, Sophy takes off at once for Swansea Island, hurled back into a life and family — her husband’s grown twin daughters and their prickly mother — she had intended to leave behind.
In the tension-filled days that follow, Sophy’s past and present collide as she struggles to find out how her husband died, what role she might have had in the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend’s ten-year-old daughter, and how she can maintain her equilibrium. The gulf between the island’s summer people and its year-rounders is brought vividly to life in the process, as is the particular beauty of a setting that resembles Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
A story about starting over and looking back, about the pain of staying and the consequences of leaving, and about a woman’s longing for children, Almost presses us to wonder how much responsibility we bear for other people’s happiness — and who exactly we are when we’re in limbo. By this riveting novel’s end, Sophy has it all figured out — almost.


Baker & Taylor
On the verge of divorce from Will, Sophy Chase is encircled by his family after his sudden death, and struggles to resolve her past and present, find out why Will died, and maintain a balance between her old life and her future.

Blackwell North Amer
Almost divorced, Sophy is in bed with her new lover - an art dealer and father of four young children - when the police call her with shocking news. Her almost ex-husband, Will, has died suddenly on the Massachusetts island where she left him just months before. Dazed and grief-stricken, Sophy takes off at once for Swansea Island, hurled back into a life and a family - her husband's grown twin daughters and their prickly mother - she had intended to leave behind.
On the flight to the resort island she runs into an old friend, a celebrity lawyer who insists that she stay with him and his wife in their summer mansion. In the tension-filled days that follow, Sophy's past and present collide as she struggles to find out how her husband died, what role she might have had in the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend's ten-year-old daughter, and how she can maintain her equilibrium. The gulf between the island's summer people and its year-rounders is brought vividly to life in the process, as is the particular beauty of a setting that resembles Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Baker
& Taylor

On the verge of divorce, Sophy Chase is stunned by the sudden death of her almost ex-husband, Will, a death that hurtles her back into the orbit of Will's family, as she struggles to resolve her past and present, find out why Will died, and maintain a balance between her old life and her prospects for the future. By the author of Slow Dancing. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001
ISBN: 9780618143320
0618143327
Branch Call Number: FICTION BENEDICT
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm

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