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The Time of Her Life

2.91  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Now restored to print--the acclaimed second novel by the National Book Award--winning author of Dale Loves Sophie to Death and The Evidence Against Her. Claudia and Avery Parks, lovers since high school, are now in their thirties. Intelligent, charming, sympathetic, they seem to be the ideal couple, the perfect dinner-party guests, almost everything people should be--excep ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Back Bay Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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TKieninger
Jun 09, 2011 TKieninger rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book was impossible to stick with and after skimming MANY sections, I ended up stopping it altogether.
Anne
Feb 10, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that I feel compelled to review it. I read it many years ago, not long after it first came out—and multiple times since. I even bought a second-hand copy after it went out of print because I'd loaned out the first copy I owned. It's a difficult novel to read perhaps, but for me, the character of the daughter, Sophie, resonated so deeply. The depiction of Sophie, who has to become an adult long before she is ready and suffers as a result, is amazing. In the novel it's be ...more
Carol
Oct 08, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok
I liked the poignancy of this book, it's nasty realism, and the well-drawn portrait of mental cruelty and neglect to children. Still, the book was a disappointment to me because he I disliked all of the selfish characters. It's kind of a vanity fair world, a place where there are no heroes to be found, and no one with an ounce of integrity. This doesn't make the book a bad one, it just make it less satisfying. It is hard to say who is the most insidious character. Claudia's complete passivity is ...more
Stephani
Jan 08, 2009 Stephani marked it as to-read
I started this book a couple of weeks ago and am not very far. For some reason I was not able to get into it and I actually started another book instead. I can count on one hand the number of times that I have actually put a book down to start a different one. I am not sure if I am officially done with this book or will possibly pick it up again.
Rachel
Sep 15, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it
I can't believe I actually finished this book. Maybe I was hoping that it would redeem itself by the end but nope. I must say that after finishing this book, I am still confused as to what the plot or the storyline was. Very disappointing.
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Granddaughter of US poet, essayist and political writer John Crowe Ransom. Godfather was US poet, essayist, academic Robert Penn Warren. Grew up between Baton Rouge, LA and Ohio, well-connected to Kenyon Review writers and artists. Attended but did not graduate from Louisiana State University.

Her first novel - Dale Loves Sophie to Death - won the 1982 National Book Award. She has taught at the Iow
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