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Forever is the Worst Long Time: A Novel Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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“A tale of love and loss, with some unexpected twists along the way…satisfying…heart-wrenching.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Pagán has created a story of two modern-day star-crossed lovers and the unconventional family they weave.” —Booklist
“Pagán's bittersweet novel…deserves a wide readership among women's lit readers.” —Library Journal
“A beautifully poetic reminder that life and love are often nothing like we expect but also exactly what we need.…The characters are complex and dynamic, yet flawed and relatable, and demonstrate the depths of our hearts and just how far we are willing to bend so we can make room for the love we know belongs in our lives.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“A heartfelt novel about the perils of unrequited love.” —InStyle.com
“Forever is the Worst Long Time is a gut-wrenching look into a nontraditional relationship. When life pitches a curveball, sometimes you have to introduce unconventional methods into the family dynamic.…Pagán’s latest is love story told from different viewpoints.” —Associated Press
“Sensitive and compelling...” —Authorlink
“Camille Pagan’s writing is magic. From the first page, her characters have so much warmth and depth that they feel to me like old friends. I laugh with them, I cry with them, I root wholeheartedly for their happiness. And when my time with them is over, I'm just so glad to have had them in my life.” —Cristina Alger Wang, author of This Was Not the Plan
“This is one of those books that sticks with you long after you’ve read the last page. Tender, funny, lovely, sad. It’s all of those things and plenty more.” —Matthew Norman, author of We’re All Damaged and Domestic Violets
“Forever is the Worst Long Time is a stunning novel, laced with humor, heartbreak and characters who will move into your life and won't let you go. It reels you in with an unlikely love story and then wrenches you with its surprising, devastating ending. I loved it!” —Maddie Dawson, author of The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness
About the Author
Camille Pagán is the author of the bestselling novel Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film, and the international bestselling novel The Art of Forgetting. Her work has appeared in Forbes; Men’s Health; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; WebMD.com; and many other publications and websites. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two children, and too many animals. Visit her at www.camillenoepagan.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CamillePaganBooks, on Instagram at camille_pagan, or on Twitter @cnoepagan.
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Top customer reviews
I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Timothy Andres Pabon. I've never listened to him before but he has a wonderful reading voice and he brought all the proper emotional tones to this story. Excellent and highly recommended for those who love women's fiction!
Camille Noe Pagan writes with an authority and compassionate understanding of the human condition, weaving a rich narrative with a cast of multi-dimensional, layered characters to create a truly compelling read.
James -the dreamer, Rob- the fatalist, Lou- the poet and woman who loved too well... this trio of friends and lovers is beautifully, almost heart-breakingly, real... are "center-stage" in this 'drame de l'amour'.
Camille's characters are brilliantly written, flawed with a 'human-ness' that makes them relatable on so many levels to the reader. As their story unfolds - told through the voice of James, with an honesty that is both open and at times brutal, imbued with a wisdom that belies the age of the narrator... the characters' "layers" are revealed, pulling the reader through a range of emotions... love, hate, despair, hope... to an ending that will have the reader reaching for a box of tissues.
"Every event is different to those who have lived it, those who have witnessed it, and those who only later read of it." This is one of my favorite lines in the book.
James only ever wanted to write a novel... something important. That was his dream. But from the first moment his eyes settle on his best friend's fiancée, that dream begins to unravel.
Lou is a woman who loves too well and when the man she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with betrays her love, Lou's heart finds a safe harbor in James... Jim, as she calls him. It suits him better than James, she told him when they first met. Jim, already hopelessly smitten and deeply conflicted, falls the rest of the way in love with Lou. It's a short fall.
Neither know it yet, but their lives will be irrevocably changed.
Rob is undeserving of Lou. On every level. He sees betrayal as an absolute and the truth as shades of grey. He plays the role of the "wronged", ironically unaware of his own duplicity.
We all make choices. And there are often consequences that we are not prepared to deal with. But deal with we must.
James, Lou, and Rob find their lives turned upside down and inside out as they grapple with the choices they have made and the choices they will make. They too will eventually have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
More than anything else, FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME is a story of hope. It is a story of human frailty, of needs and desires and compromises and an uncertain future.
Love can come in a heartbeat. And end even faster.
Love can also be a long, slow "fall".
One that can last a lifetime.
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
(Writing under a large mushroom somewhere in the Pacific Northwest)