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Jules Fuller, the unsinkable protagonist of Page's pleasant if heavy-handed novel, thought she'd left her North Carolina childhood far behind when she moved to California and found work in the movie business. But when her mother falls ill, she's pulled east, pregnant at age 39 by an ex-boyfriend. Soon, her mother dies, and Jules stays at home, speaking to the high school drama class and trying to figure out what kind of mother she might make. But then Vick, a troubled teenage boy, accuses her of molesting him, and Jules's meditative seclusion becomes a quest to clear her name. As Jules faces the charges against her and tries to unravel Vick's troubled past, she finds her own path to motherhood more tangled than ever. Though the plot has a few unlikely turns, Page's knack for characterization brings it back down to earth and helps nudge things toward an appropriately affirmative ending. (July)
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“Pleasant....Page’s knack for characterization...helps nudge things toward an appropriately affirmative ending.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061452491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061452499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,556,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Reynolds Page is the author of Leaving Before It's Over, The Last Summer of Her Other Life, The Space Between Before and After, A Blessed Event, and Accidental Happiness. She grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as an arts publicist in New York City for over a decade. After leaving New York, she reviewed dance performances for numerous publications before turning full time to fiction in 2001. In addition to North Carolina and New York, she has lived in Boston, Dallas, and Seattle. She lives with her husband and three children in the Madison, WI, area.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2012
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When Jules Fuller leaves her life in California to help tend her dying mother, she has no idea how much everything will change for her by returning to her hometown of Ekron, North Carolina.

She is totally unprepared for how people and memories of the past will forever change her world, altering everything she believed about herself and her family.

Her brother Lincoln has always been her staunch supporter, so when Jules is blindsided by an adolescent boy's allegations that turn most of the townfolk against her, Lincoln stands behind her. Along with an old friend/ex-boyfriend Sam, and an unexpected ally Walt, the teenage boy's uncle.

What secrets and lies will gradually unfold and tear at the fabric of all their lives? How will the truth accidentally come to light?

Beautifully characterized and plotted so seamlessly that the events seem as authentic as real life events, The Last Summer of Her Other Life was an unputdownable read.

I love this excerpt:

"...Things changed. Things that defined your life altered and shifted when you weren't paying attention. Sometimes you didn't even notice until you missed them...."

A five star read that I recommend to those who enjoy character-driven novels that spotlight family dynamics and contemporary issues.
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An okay book, but I would rather talk about the irritating details than the pluses. Number 1, if this woman is being accused of sexual contact with a minor, why in the world is she & everyone she is close to so freely talking to the accuser & other underage kids? Secondly, does Jules fall for every guy she meets? And third, even if the accusations are false, why is everyone acting so nonchalant about it?
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I liked this book! It was well written and kept me very interested in what was coming next! It wasn't a long book but it wasn't to short either! It isn't a scarry book but one you can relax while reading it
WJM, Colorado Spgs., CO
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