The Last September

The Last September

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Brett has been in love with her husband, Charlie, from the day she laid eyes on him in college. When he is found murdered, Brett is devastated. But if she is honest with herself, their marriage had been hanging by a thread for quite some time. All clues point to Charlie's mentally ill brother, Eli, but any number of people might have been driven to kill Charlie--a handsome, charismatic man who unwittingly damaged almost every life he touched. Brett is determined to understand how such a tragedy could have happened--and whether she was somehow complicit. Set in the desolate autumn beauty of Cape Cod, this riveting emotional puzzle explores the psyche of a woman facing down the meaning of love and loyalty.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781616205379
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Apr 09, 2016

I almost skipped this book because a review on Goodreads implied it was a boring story about nothing rather than the mystery described on the jacket. It's true: it's not a mystery, at least not in the traditional whodunnit sense, but nowhere near boring.

The Last September by Nina de Gramont is about more than who killed Mr. Body and in what room. The core of the novel is really about the mysteries of the heart -- love -- and the human mind, written beautifully in the character Eli, who is schizophrenic. The author's writing style is so confident and fluid, it pulls you along like a muscled river.

The characters are each so interesting, but the author doesn't give them all away -- they, too, are mysteries, to the reader and to one another.

References to some of my favourite poets and works made it even better. Such a great book, I'm sad it's over!

5 stars and all my thumbs up.

multcolib_karene Sep 27, 2015

There's a mystery to be explored throughout this book however it has a lot more going on than just a standard whodunit. It's an exploration of characters and mental illness and family. Engrossing.

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