The Love of My Youth

The Love of My Youth

Book - 2011
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Lovers meet again after more than thirty years, walking the streets of Rome and reimmersing themselves in their lost past. Miranda and Adam are surprised to discover that they may still have something to talk about.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781410437662
1410437663
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Fiction Gor
Characteristics: 453 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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wendybird Jun 28, 2011

I have always enjoyed Mary Gordon's stuff... and am glad to say this novel continues the streak. A simple, yet intriguing plot -- Miranda & Adam (once young sweethearts in Rome) meet up again in the Italian capital & tour the sites together. Gordon draws full, believable & lovely characters, and weaves a beautiful story around the difference between young & mature love. "Love of my youth" is not for the impatient, solely plot driven reader, but for those willing to enjoy the magic between people and their almost lyrical location.

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May 11, 2011

A new twist on an old theme. Beautifully written. One of my three favorites for fiction in 2011.

debwalker Apr 28, 2011

"The Love of My Youth has all the undeniable appeal — and the contrivance — of that perennial PBS Brit com As Time Goes By (a show whose premise also is hard to imagine in the Internet age). But, much more is at stake in Gordon's novel than the "will they or won't they" suspense of a possible holiday hookup. Gordon's characters explore the hard costs of changing, maturing. They share the dazed epiphany of late middle age — namely, that it takes so long to grow up, and then you die. Readers may well feel that same shock at the end of The Love of My Youth: It takes awhile to settle into Gordon's world here, and then it's all over much too quickly."

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