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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Left Me Wanting To Chug The Bismol 2 Aug 2005
By Leigh A. Taft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I feel so strange! I am the only reviewer thus far to give a rating less than 5 stars! Perhaps I need to be in a different place in my life with my children grown to really get it. Or, to have left a love behind not by choice, but from forced events.

I adored the tale of Lee's grandmother Marguerite & their odd, yet endearing relationship to one another.

I was romanticized (obviously!) by Lee's thoughts to re-visit her first love if given the chance. Not only does she think fondly of "what if", she conspires & makes those events take place.

I think Medwed is a really good writer, but I was so bothered by Lee's callousness towards her loving husband, and, in a way, Simon, too, that I'd feel funny giving this 5 stars. I grew tired of the way Lee would try & rationalize & justify her behavior in that poor-pitiful-me-stance. Her husband remained steadfast until the very end. Speaking of ending- that had to confirm my 3 stars! I won't give anything away, but I'm just thinking: "How many times do you have to run face-first into the glass window before you realize the damn thing's double-paned & locked to boot?!!"

I am curious as to find another reader who shares my opinions on this book. Is there something I missed here to make it great, worthy of the 5 stars??

In this genre of fiction, I would recommend Anita Shreve's "Resistance" instead of this. It's a complex, star-crossed love story set in painful, turbulent times.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Funny, smart, undeniably moving! 11 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've adored Medwed's work ever since the exhilarating "Mail", and this one is her most irresistible. Lee Emery is middle-aged, happily married, and she's written a book about the path --and the person-- not taken--a life with her first love Simon(already I'm hooked.) Amidst the memories of that love, we also read about her glamorous grandmother Marguerite (one of the most magnificent literary creations I've encountered!)Impulsively, Lee sends the book to Simon, turning everything in her life upside down. Told in sparkling prose, the book had melaughing out loud in parts and reaching for the box of tissues in others. And to me, a novel that can make you do both is a masterpiece indeed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Witty and Wonderful 12 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mameve's tale of lost love is both heartbreaking and hilarious --and absolutely terrific. No one writes the way she does! The prose dances and glints right off the page. I loved this witty, wonderful book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Worth every moment! 28 Jun 2003
By a Florida reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Mameve Medwed's two other funny and warm novels--Host Family and Mail--definitely will feel thrilled to return to yet another one of her well-written, humorous stories. If you have never read Medwed's novels, you might want to start with The End of An Error, which is about the road not taken--take it and see where main character Lee Emery ends up! Of particular fun in this novel--the exploration of authorship and how it can enrich/ruin/change your life. (If you're interested in this topic, you might want to read two other funny novels that address this subject matter: John Colapinto's About The Author or Christina Schwarz's All is Vanity).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Witty and Clever - 9 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As with Host Family and Mail, Medwed writes a light hearted novel with terrific descriptions, scenes, emotions. One again, Medwed doesn't disappoint and there are plenty of creative word-play zingers throughout the book that jump out as unexpected delights and surprises seemingly planted as little nods from the author to those who are culturally literate. Her characters are realistic and amusing. You'll finish the book wishing you had a "Ben", "Simon" and "Marguerite" in your life and I suspect given the care that Ms. Medwed so obviously took when she wrote each word of their dialogues that she has been fortunate enough to know them all.
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