The Last September

The Last September

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Brett has been in love with Charlie ever since he took her skiing on a lovely Colorado night fourteen years ago. And now, living in a seaside cottage on Cape Cod with their young daughter, it looks as if they have settled into the life they desired. However, Brett and Charlie's marriage has been tenuous for quite some time. When Charlie's unstable younger brother plans to move in with them, the tension simmering under the surface of their marriage boils over.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781616201333
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 09, 2016

I almost skipped this book because a review on Goodreads implied it was a boring story about nothing rather than the mystery described on the jacket. It's true: it's not a mystery, at least not in the traditional whodunnit sense, but nowhere near boring.

The Last September by Nina de Gramont is about more than who killed Mr. Body and in what room. The core of the novel is really about the mysteries of the heart -- love -- and the human mind, written beautifully in the character Eli, who is schizophrenic. The author's writing style is so confident and fluid, it pulls you along like a muscled river.

The characters are each so interesting, but the author doesn't give them all away -- they, too, are mysteries, to the reader and to one another.

References to some of my favourite poets and works made it even better. Such a great book, I'm sad it's over!

5 stars and all my thumbs up.

multcolib_karene Sep 27, 2015

There's a mystery to be explored throughout this book however it has a lot more going on than just a standard whodunit. It's an exploration of characters and mental illness and family. Engrossing.


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