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A Second Chance
Felicia Mihali
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A Second Chance

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Adam is happily married when he has a stroke at the age of fifty, and his behaviour changes to that of a ten-year-old. What are his secrets? Are there any he should be sharing? His wife would like to know. A Second Chance reveals its secrets slowly. We can see how changed Adam is, but we also sense that we don't know the whole story. The wife is loving, but there is a ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 27th 2014 by Linda Leith Publishing
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Cristina G
Jun 10, 2014 Cristina G rated it it was amazing
I think Felicia Mihali excels in building strong, interesting characters, whose development is marked by at least one unusual event or circumstance. In A Second Chance, the story is told from the point of view of a woman who has the responsibility (and the chance) to re-educate and re-shape her husband Adam after a stroke has affected his mind. Although the man behaves like a child (the children books he reads being just one obvious sign), the narrator insists that an adult who has forgotten is ...more
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Jun 05, 2014 Roxana Ovezea rated it it was amazing

Beautiful, very genuine, extremely touching,a book for the soul,a book to be red.
When I bought the book I had great expectations; finally they were all exceeded! I was deeply moved by Felicia Mihali's latest book: "A second chance". I have red it in a few hours and once the end reached, I found myself really confused, somewhere between sadness and happiness. I loved everything about it: the story, the style, the simple words used to describe simple people, the characters and most of all, the vi
Jun 11, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Great condensed novel about life and its important values: friendship, devotion,, forgiveness. Once again, Felicia Mihali surprises the reader with a female character that combines fragility and strenght. It is thanks to her resilience and to her capacity to love and forgive that her surroundings gain meaning and...chances. And the effect is the same on the reader.
Angel Mota
Aug 27, 2014 Angel Mota rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting book about human fragility and forgiveness. Every single page is full of a mastered writing that introduces us to the Rumanian community in Montreal, with a universal objective: the search of happiness in everyday life. The loss of memory can be a gift.
Jun 05, 2014 Mav added it
The Psychology of Guilt, a great subject skilfully deployed across a realistic writing that perfectly meets its imperative : to denounce our faults to each and everyone. A story to read in a few hours but to ruminate long time after.
May 26, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I greatly admired another novel recently published by Linda Leith Publishing (Love Letters of the Angels of Death by Jennifer Quist). A Second Chance combined an intriguing premise (a woman's husband, age 50, has suffered a stroke and is perhaps now at the mental age of a 10 year old; nonetheless they have a life together), very skillful writing, and a sense of dread, that there is perhaps more to be revealed. I was fully on board and very captivated for the first ...more
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“This book would have been something completely different in French. It would have been a tragic, Shakespearean novel about faith, misfortune, hardship. When you know a language too well you cannot avoid the pitfall of giving too many details. My first experience with writing in English was the chance to be simple, colloquial, and funny. My previous books written in Romanian or French are really missing m
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Aug 18, 2016 Robert D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I wanted to like this book when I picked it up but of the 122 pages nearly 100 are nonessential. When conflict is finally introduced, it lasts for several pages before the narrator brushes it aside as the book ends.
Thankfully it was short and so I didn't waste much of my time.
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Born in Romania, Felicia Mihali has lived in Montreal since 2000. After studies in French, Mandarin and Dutch, she specialized in Postcolonial Literature at the University of Montreal, where she also studied Art History and English Literature. She is co-founder of the webzine Terra Nova, which she edited for five years, and has published seven novels in French since 2002. The Darling of Kandahar ...more
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