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The Last Time They Met

by Anita Shreve

When Linda Fallon and Thomas Janes meet at a writers’ festival in Toronto, it is the first time they have seen each other for twenty-six years. Theirs is a story bound by the irresistible pull of true passion — a love which begins in Massachusetts in the early 1960s, is rekindled in Kenya in the mid 1970s and which is about to play out its astonishing final episode . . .

Written with reverse chronology, Anita Shreve’s new novel is a haunting story of mesmerising beauty, with a strong narrative pull that inescapably draws the reader in, and leaves its most stunning revelation until the very last pages. Brilliantly ambitious and powerfully written, The Last Time They Met is a tale not so much of life, but of a life not lived.


“Instantly captivating.”  Atlantic Monthly

The Last Time They Met is a flat-out, can’t-put-it-down page-turner….A riveting story that teases and confounds as it moves back in time from the end to the start of a love affair.”  Chicago Tribune

“Shreve’s game of mirrors provides a shivery entertainment….Few other contemporary novelists weave past and present so skillfully, capturing the seamless texture of time.”  Newsday

“Compelling….Shreve can render her characters’ dark interiors with a tenderness void of judgment, thereby capturing the essential frailty of the human condition….Riveting.”  Boston Globe

“A poignant novel….so astonishingly well-constructed that when you’re finished you’ll want to reread it all at once.”  People


15 April, 2001

About Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of seventeen novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude, Testimony, Fortune's Rocks, The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. She lives in Massachusetts.


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