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A self-anointed spinster at 51, Myra Lipinski is reasonably content with her quiet life, her dog, Frank, and her career as a visiting nurse. But everything changes when Chip Reardon, the golden boy she adored in high school, is assigned as her new patient. Choosing to forgo treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned to his New England hometown to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poignant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing.

©2001 Elizabeth Berg (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Beautifully read and good story

I loved this book but the absolute icing on the cake was Elizabeth Berg's narration. Her voice is just calming and peaceful.

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Great Story

I enjoyed this story. Elizabeth Berg is a great storyteller and great at character development.

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Lovely story

It was beautifully written and narrated. I loved this book like I have loved all of the books that I have read of Elizabeth Bergs.

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So so so beautiful!

Wow. I sort of stumbled upon this one and thought I’d enjoy it. I’ve been on a bit of a “kick” with books pertaining to the elderly, or characters reflecting on lives lived, life in the form of memory I guess. This wasn’t quite exactly that. In fact this was more of a reminder of how absolutely brilliant life is in the moment. Day to day, hour to hour/minute to minute even. The book was perfectly paced, never lost me at any point and the supporting characters were some of the best I’ve ever spent time with! I am looking forward to cracking open a lot more of Elizabeth’s work! This was def a book I couldn’t stop once I was hooked into the story. And I was waist-deep pretty early! She did such an amazing job of telling many folks different feelings thru the characters while keeping you grounded to how the main character thought about each individual. It was as if you were along for her stops as a visiting nurse. This life is made up of so many different people at different points in their lives, feeling different emotions, going thru different things. Good and bad. It made me think about the best things of life and took me into the deeper waters of the most frightening possibilities. It’s written so real, so perfectly, and with such easy detail that it plays out before you on the page just as fluidly as a life does in its everyday fashion. At times funny, sad, exciting, lonely, embarrassing, longing, regret, frightening, joyful, angry, hard, dreamily, loving.....all of it. What a great book. One I will hold dear. I’m overjoyed to have discovered her work! The only reason I didn’t give 5-stars across the board is (minor spoiler...)because of how “certain characters time ended” wink wink wink. Personally I didn’t like seeing that choice made. I don’t agree with it and it makes me a bit uncomfortable. But hey, it wasn’t my book to write! Right?!. Lol. Otherwise...I already miss going on those visits to each patients house and experiencing the pleasantries, the empathy, and even the hard parts those that’re sick can present. My wife is a nurse, and this book made me even prouder of her than I already am. Spend some time with this novel, I can’t see how you can and not be delighted.

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Elizabeth Berg books

I absolutely love the richness and “realness” of Elizabeth Berg books. She has in this book just touched me with her ability to make simple, beautiful moments so poignant. Her words make me feel as if I am there living the story.
Thank you Elizabeth! Carol Reynolds

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Thank you Elizabeth Berg.

I loved this. The character development was amazing and I could relate to or with each character. My husband is going through his second bout with cancer in the last 3 yrs and her writing of the sadness and beauty of the days that go by was right on point. The most amazing times come out of the worst situations. Elizabeth Berg always hits me deep in my heart and soul.

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Interesting Story

I like the story. It's unique, not traditional, and although possibly improbable (as some have pointed out) I could let a bit of poetic license get away from it. The story is probably not for everyone, and it certainly wasn't a happy tale, at all, but there was something utterly human about it and I liked it. The one downside? The author reading it. No offense, you're a great writer, but stick to what you are best at. Writing. I would prefer hearing it read by someone who actually does it for a living.

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What a downer

I’m a full time hospice nurse. I found this book to be poorly researched, poorly narrated & boring. A real downer. Disappointing in all aspects.