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Almost Paperback – June 23, 2002
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"ALMOST is the most engrossing novel I've come across in a long time."--Jeff Giles Newsweek
"Benedict captures finely tuned calibrations of feeling... [She] seems to understand humor's real function:...to get us through the day."--Claire Dederer Newsday
"Benedict masterfully follows each small drama...The effect is pageturning suspense that doesn't skimp on characterization or intelligence." Publishers Weekly
"Benedict's writing is sharp and insightful, and her characters live and breathe." Library Journal
"This is a beautifully written, fiercely intelligent novel."--John Hough, Vineyard Gazette
"ALMOST is a fast-paced, funny, and splendidly intelligent drama...I relished every page."--Edmund White
"ALMOST is a novel of amazing intimacy, written with clear-eyed intelligence, precision, and wit."--John Casey
Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much. It's funny, rueful, thoughtful. It doesn't try to spell out answers, but it does suggest them. Nothing hard and fast, but the soft sort of answer that somehow brings peace. I highly recommend "Almost."
Sophy is a struggling writer who has left her husband Will, a CIA agent. She has a new boyfriend/lover named Daniel but it becomes painfully obvious that their relationship is simply a physical one. There doesn't seem to be much love between them. She is with Daniel when she gets a call that Will is dead. She is on the next flight to Swansea to confront her past and figure out her future.
On the island there is a mix of characters, an ex-lover who is a famous lawyer, his wife, Sophy's step-daughters and Will's ex-wife just to name a few. Everyone is waiting to hear the report of Will's death, which was possibly suicide, and Sophy carries an enormous amount of guilt around with her.
Throughout all of this, there is much foreshadowing and many subplots. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough answers. I don't have to have everything clued up at the end of a book but this one had too many loose ends. It's a comedy of errors. I liked the suspense angle of the story, but again, not enough was adequately revealed.
The writing was well done and the characterization was excellent but the story just didn't hold up for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book description intrigued me, but I was ultimately disappointed. Other reviewers have nicely summarized the plot, so I will skip that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. Jackie
I love this author and all of her novels. I wish she'd write some more. She has an excellent understanding of human dynamics and psychological functioning and responsesPublished 11 months ago by Joy D. Leftow
This book could have been better than it was with little changes. The protagonist is a woman on the edge, sort of. Read morePublished 21 months ago by avid reader
Almost by Elizabeth Benedict chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband -- who may have committed suicide on the New... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Mary
Sophy Chase, recovering alcoholic, returns to Swansea Island after the mysterious death of her estranged husband, Will. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Fred Bubbers
Just didn't care. I read everything and anything but could not finish this tedious, self-involved, rather smug first-person narrative. Can't believe the good reviews.Published on June 4, 2013 by Bronteophile
Sophy Chase has left Will, her husband of ten years, and moved from the small Massachusetts island of Swansea to New York, where she begins an affair with Daniel, an English art... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Martha E. Pollack
I wanted to like this novel, I really did. The writing is good, but there is little in the way of plot. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by H. Cross
Liked this book very much just wish it laster longer, there was a lot going on in this one woman's life at one time to keep you interested. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by daboc