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“Alice Adams turns dreams and moments, the stuff of memories, inside out and makes of them beautiful, haunting, bittersweet tales.” --Publishers Weekly Second Chances, perhaps Alice Adams most accomplished novel, is a rich, moving, and beautifully drawn portrait of six women and men, friends for years, who suddenly, and with amazement, find themselves growing old. They live in a beautiful small California town called San Sebastian, and they see each other almost daily-- Dudley and Sam Venable; Edward Crane and his younger lover, Freddy Fuentes; the widowed Celeste Timberlake; the eccentric, secretive Polly Blake. With generosity and humor and remarkable insight, Adams takes us into rich emotional territory in a novel that evokes the ways in which people continually astonish themselves, at any age, with their capacity for wonder and change.
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Written in an odd style, with lots of "quotation marks" around words. A readable story, dealing with old age & emotions & loss. Parts don't make much sense, the nutty CIA agent seems plopped in there for no reason. I had a little trouble with the ages of the characters, they didn't come clear to me, and they seemed a little inconsistent. The bit of "shock" at the ending was both completely obvious & a cheap tragedy. Or was it a final crime, that we, the audience can see but none of the protagonists can?more