Should the past be left alone? In an assured debut, themed to situate its author alongside Waller and Sparks, Gertler answers this question as she focuses on former lovebirds Emily Hudson and Jim Moran. During the summer of '67, when she was just 16, Emily fell in love for the first time. Then life, in the form of Vietnam, separated her from Jim, a young Marine Corps recruit. Now, 30 years later, Emily is itching at the constraints of her Volvo-centric life in Connecticut. With four children and a husband who is never home, Emily begins to wonder: What if? Using the Internet, she locates Jim in Mobile, Ala. He is also married and has a child, but the two agree to meet at Washington's Vietnam War Memorial. Shifting from Emily's to Jim's perspective in alternating chapters, Gertler gamely, though with mixed results, endeavors to capture the past and present voices of each character. Examining Jim's experience of Vietnam and the resulting emotional fallout, Emily's and Jim's respective marriages and conflicting loyalties, and the world as it might have been if they had made a life for themselves together, Gertler weaves a winsome morality tale.
This is the first book that I have read from this author and I was not disappointed! This book is great and a real page turner.
I never read this book. It was given to me. However, it is a fiction book of being reunited with your first love after 30 years. The story is told from the perspective of the male and female in the relationship.
This book was listed in the system as paperback, but it is a hardcover.
Quick read told in two voices, each chapter alternating Jimmy's voice, and Jimmy's Girls voice, so you get two versions of the same story.
The ISBN # on the book comes up as a paperback, but this book is actually a hardcover.