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The Last Chance Paperback – August 1, 1977


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (August 1, 1977)
  • ISBN-10: 0553194062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553194067
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This being my 6th Rona Jaffe book, I again have nothing but praise for her work. This book sucks you in, right from the first page of the prolouge. The book starts at the end, in December of 1975, and at the funeral of one of four friends. Who's funeral is it?...while you may think you have it figured out throughout the book, you'll be very surpised at the ending.

This is the story of four friends...Margot - Local news anchor, and very depressed and cynical woman who has one night stands to try and find happiness...Nikki - Bored with her husband constantly trying to make her decisions for her, and putting down all that she finds pleasure in, she leaves the country for an apartment in the city, and learns life's not so easy on your own...Ellen - Married to 'Good 'Ol Hank', has numerous affairs to try and fill the void of a loveless marriage to a man she barely even likes, while her children become strangers to her...and Rachel - A beautiful young women married to a very wealthy man who adores her and she him, gets tired of being a social butterfly and decides to go back to school and do something with her life, meanwhile, unbeknownst to her, an increasingly dangerous man has a unhealthy obsession with her, and has taken to following and spying on her, all the while nearing his breaking point.

In the end, I loved this book. It was so hard to put down, and you never knew which way the story was going to take you. I can't wait to read my next Rona Jaffe book...I know I won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Shure on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am addicted to Jaffe's books. This one followed in the same vein as her other novels in that it delves into the lives of four well-educated women in the throws of their mid-life disappointments. When Jaffe wrote this, she was dealing with the 1970s and was questioning 1950's values which had defined her and her female contemporaries. Beautiful, frustrated, and sexually curious, these four women are breaking with old values and leaving comfortable, if not satisfying, traditional marriages, a prevalent event in that era.

Though dated and defined by that revolutionary decade, the book is still a joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Reed on May 1, 2008
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Exciting. I would recommend this book. Interesting and likable characters. A very important and life altering year for 4 very different woman.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cwedemeyer@milchstrasse.de on January 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"The last Chance" was the first Jaffe novel that I discovered and it`s still my favorite(on place #2 I would put "Class Reunion").
"The last Chance" is about a group of women living in NYC and having all kinds of (thrilling) experiences with love, their jobs, their children etcetera.
A very unpredictable ending. Definitely a novel worth 5 stars rating.
I know only one other author whom I would give 5 stars, and that is Nancy Thayer.
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