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It’s that time of year again, near-spring, when I’m one step short of going out and tugging on whatever shoots of green I can find. I am heartened by the sight of robins everywhere, even if the buds on the trees remain tightly closed. Spring is an exercise in having faith and learning patience: It will come, when it’s ready; and then I can engage in my favorite practice of sitting on the front porch and watching dogs walk by with their people.
On April 5, Random House will release my new novel, Once Upon a Time, There Was You. This is the story of a long-divorced couple who are thrust together again after something terrible happens to the only thing they still have in common: their 18 year old daughter. I wanted to see what happened if you put two people who used to be in an intimate relationship, but now are estranged, back together. Would they remember what they used to love about each other? Would they see all over again what they hated? Might they get back together again?
The other day, I was doing an interview for this novel, and I told the woman interviewing me that I was struck by how many times I’ve heard people--both men and women, but mostly women--say they walked down the aisle knowing it was the wrong this to do, but they did it anyway. The interviewer paused, then said, “That’s what I did. And I got divorced. But then we got back together.” Bingo! I thought, what changed in those two people that made them able to be with each other in a way they could not be before? What does marriage require, really? What does the act of loving honestly and fully require? That’s the kind of thing my novel looks at.
It wouldn’t be a book of mine if it didn’t also celebrate female friendship. And there is, as usual, a mix of humor and pathos. But there is also something brand new, which is suspense. An element of real creepiness. But I’ll just keep you in...well, suspense about what that is.
I recently read a quote by Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach that I loved, which says, “An interesting book is food that makes us hungry.” I hope that’s what my book does. In addition to being an enjoyable read that makes you laugh and perhaps tear up a little, too, I want it to make you think, to make you wonder, to take a look at your own life in new ways. If that happens, we’ll both be satisfied.
Thank you for reading this letter, thanks for buying my books, and most of all, thanks for making the dream of a 9-year old with crooked bangs and a heart full of longing to share what she felt inside, come true.
Sincerely, Elizabeth Berg--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Once Upon a TIme There Was You was a book I knew I'd be able to finish quickly. I can usually count on Berg to deliver a good, but fast paced book. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Cathy Klein
On their wedding day, both John and Irene had second thoughts but went through with it. Those second thoughts of hesitation grow through the years and they end up divorced, living... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Debra G. Hendren
This just happens to be my kind of reading…it was right up my alley. People you care about right off the bat having life experiences that you can relate to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacqui C
A bit sad but a good story that I'm sure any of us with children can relate to. A good.readPublished 4 months ago by Ravqueen
I love Elizabeth Berg books. Women fiction....I feel like I really know the characters personally! A very nice story indeed.Published 4 months ago by poland1956
Held my interest all the way through. Nice little story and worth a read. Not as historically rich or as complex as some of Berg's other books, so I didn't give it the highest... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew R. Bailey
I've read most of Elizabeth Berg's books and enjoyed most. In this book, John and Irene, who are divorced for many years, come together after their daughter, Sadie, disappears. Read morePublished 5 months ago by "Ali"
I think this was a wonderful story in regard to family dynamics with young romance and loss of old romance and beginnings of a new romance. The end left me thinking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by nancyfairbanks