Never Change

Never Change

Book - 2001
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You know people like me. I'm the one who sat in a folding chair out in the hall selling tickets to the prom but never going, the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with. A self-anointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinsky has endured the isolation of her middle life by doting on her dog, Frank, and immersing herself in her career as a visiting nurse. Myra considers herself reasonably content, telling herself, It's enough, work and Frank. And it has been enough -- until Chip Reardon, the too-good-to-be-true golden boy she adored from afar, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned from Manhattan to the New England home of his childhood to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poingnant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing. From the author whose work The New Yorker calls "strong" and "timeless" comes a wry and beautifully distilled portrait of one woman's resilience in the face of loneliness, and of a union that transcends life's most unexpected and challenging circumstances. With effortless warmth, and loving respect for characters that defies easy sentiment, Never Change melds the emotional depth and gentle intensity of poetry with the rich satisfactions of finely wrought fiction.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780743411325
Branch Call Number: F Berg
Characteristics: 214 pages ;,24 cm


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ontherideau Oct 08, 2019

Love comes in many forms. Ms Berg's experience as a nurse shows in this end of life story. Similar to JoJo Moyes, Me Before You.

Jan 10, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book. The subject matter is delicate and at times heartbreaking, but so true to life. A great read and I think I will read her other books and if they are as good.

BugLady1 Jun 13, 2012

This book is a good one for fans of Elizabeth Berg. Likeable characters that are also believeable. A nice insight into the world of caregivers. A beautiful love story too. Thanks for another good read!


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