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Melancholy but superb collection about aging relationships,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Last Lovely City: Stories (Hardcover)
The first nine stories make up part one of this collection. This section takes readers all over North America with the recurring theme being the relationships of middle age and senior citizens. The individuals starring in the tales are typically mourning a loss even as they look to the future.
Part two consists of four related short stories that flow together as if they form a loose novella. These tales evolve around a psychiatrist Lila Lewisohn and her professional and personal relationships, which often times intermingle. This section is more often sad than happy, but in a "that's life" type of inevitable determination.
The renowned Alice Adams scribes a fascinating, but melancholy collection that shakes the very foundation of the aging baby boomer generation. Part one is well written with its emphasis on the death and renewal of relationships. Part two is an excellent collection that deserved full novel status as Ms. Adams deeply digs into the varying intimacies of the different relationships of her characters. Though a pensive but dispiriting feeling flows throughout the tales, THE LAST LOVELY CITY is a lyrical anthology that demonstrates the brilliance of the awesome talent of Ms. Adams.