- Paperback: 414 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781453858677
- ISBN-13: 978-1453858677
- ASIN: 1453858679
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,802,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Second Stories' follows the paths of four intertwined American couples--Geo and Lydia, Nick and Bonnie, Sam and Patti, and Joe and Angie-- from the in 1950s and 60s, when their relationships began, up until contemporary times, the months surrounding the 2008 US Presidential elections.
Only one of these couples, Joe and Angie, has an uncheckered relationship path, and even they experience life's ups and downs. The others fall in and out of love (sometimes even questioning if they were ever in love), experience marriage breakdowns (their own and those of their adult children), mental illness and unemployment--the stuff of life. That's not to say it's a depressing book. It ends on an optimistic note, but it's an optimism tempered with realism. These characters have seen it all.
The author knows her topic and her observations are very astute and sometimes funny. She has also managed to create living, breathing characters, not clichés. Despite the large cast, I found each character to be fully developed, with varying degree of likeability.
This is not a fast-paced book, so it may not be one for thrill seekers. However, if you prefer reflective novels that are not afraid to examine the complexities of life you should really enjoy 'Second Stories'.