The Last Time I Saw You

Version: Unabridged
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Narrator: Elizabeth Berg
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: April 2010
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another—and themselves—at their fortieth high school reunion.

To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something different—a last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the bleaker realities of everyday life, a means to save a marriage on the rocks, or an opportunity to bond with a slightly estranged daughter, if only over what her mother should wear.

As the onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy Shauman, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob, Pete Decker. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice Mayhew, it’s a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester Heseenpfeffer, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vet—or at least that’s what he tells himself. For Candy Armstrong, the class beauty, it’s the hope of finding friendship before it is too late.

As Dorothy, Mary Alice, Lester, Candy, and the other classmates converge for the reunion dinner, four decades melt away: Desires and personalities from their youth reemerge, and new discoveries are made. For so much has happened to them all. And so much can still happen.

In this beautiful novel, Elizabeth Berg deftly weaves together stories of roads taken and not taken, choices made and opportunities missed, and the possibilities of second chances.

Reviews (4)

no hs reunions for me!

Written by Angie Teal on August 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I actually enjoyed the audiobook very much. While I didn\'t like some of the characters very much, too much gossip and conniving, I really did like some of the others characters (Lester, Mary-Alice and Candy). What touched me was the reflections on getting older and hopefully wiser as we age and how a reunion can get us to revert back to our younger and flawed selves. I took off a star because I felt the ending was rushed. A short epilogue about what became of the main characters, did not fully explain how the future panned out for them after the reunion.

Makes you think

Written by K.Nelsoln from Sweetwater, TN on March 19th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I wanted to read this as soon as I found out what it was about. It really made me remember my own high school experience and wonder where my old classmates are today. It's a great and easy read. You will laugh, maybe even cry. Worth your time!

The Last Time I Saw You

Written by Anonymous on February 19th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is very hard to say as I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeth Berg, but this book was painful to listen to. I forced myself to listen to the first 2 CD's, but when I went to put on the 3rd, I just could not do it and returned it unfinished. Too bad as I am a big Elizabeth Berg fan. This was not up to par and clearly a waste of my time and the postage it cost to send. I feel badly as I always like to find the good in everything, but I just could not find it here. I hope this was a fluke and her next will be more in line with her other books. My fingers are crossed for something better from an author I normally enjoy greatly.

The Last time I saw you

Written by Anonymous on August 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I am sorry to say this, but this book was just awful. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Berg, but she clearly missed the mark on this one. BORING and predictable.

Author Details

Author Details

Berg, Elizabeth

"I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 2, 1948, in a hospital that has been torn down, which I’m pretty steamed about. When I was three years old, my father reenlisted in the Army, and I spent my growing up years moving around a lot—twice, I went to three schools in a single academic year. You can understand my dilemma when people ask me where I’m from. My usual answer is “Um…..nowhere?”

I’ve loved books and reading from the time my mother began reading to me, and I’ve loved writing ever since I could hold a pencil. I submitted my first poem to American Girl magazine when I was nine years old. It was rejected, and it took twenty-five years before I submitted anything again. Then, I entered a contest in a magazine and won. I wrote for magazines for ten years, then moved into novels and haven’t stopped yet. I usually do a book a year. But I have to tell you, the prospect of retiring is beginning to sound better and better. I really want to live on a hobby farm with lots of animals, including a chicken, I’m dying for a chicken.

Before I became a writer, I was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was my “school” for writing—taking care of patients taught me a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships--all things that I tend to focus on in my work. I worked as a waitress, which is also good training for a writer, and I sang in a rock band which was not good for anything except the money I made. I was a dramatic and dreamy child, given to living more inside my head than outside, something that persists up to today and makes me a terrible dining partner. I was married for over twenty years and am now divorced. I have two daughters and two grandchildren. I live with my partner Bill and my dog Homer outside of Chicago and in Wisconsin."