The Love of My Youth

The Love of My Youth

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From the acclaimed author of Pearl and Final Payments comes a beautifully choreographed novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years and reimmersing themselves in their shared past.

Miranda and Adam, high-school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, a city where they once spent a summer deeply in love, living together blissfully. At an awkward reunion, the two—who parted in an atmosphere of passionate betrayal in the 1960s and haven’t seen each other since—are surprised to discover that they may have something to talk about. Both have their own guilt, their sense of who betrayed whom, and their long-held interpretation of the events that caused them not to marry and to split apart into the lives they’ve led since—both are married to others, with grown children. For the few weeks they are in Rome, Adam suggests that they meet for daily walks and get to know each other again. Gradually, as they take in the pleasures of the city and the drama of its streets, they discover not only what matters to them now but also more about what happened to them long ago.

Miranda and Adam are masterfully portrayed characters, intent upon understanding who they are in relation to who they were. A story about what first love means and how it is shattered, and the lessons old lovers may still have to share with each other many years later, The Love of My Youth is also a poignant look back at the hopes and dreams of a generation and what became of them.

Baker & Taylor
Having not seen each other for more than 40 years, Miranda and Adam unexpectedly reunite in Rome--where they once spent a summer deeply in love--and agree to spend the Italian afternoons taking walks together, experiencing the city, bringing each other up to date--and reviewing the betrayal that drove them. By the author of Final Payments.

& Taylor

Having not seen each other for forty years, Miranda and Adam unexpectedly reunite in Rome--where they once spent a summer deeply in love--and agree to spend the afternoons taking walks together, bringing each other up to date and reviewing the betrayal that drove them apart.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307377425
Branch Call Number: FIC GOR
Characteristics: 302 p. :,map ;,22 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.

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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