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New Year's Eve

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Part contemporary family drama, part ghost story, this engrossing, moving novel dramatizes the difficult process of letting go of one's childhood to embrace one's new, chosen family. For most of her adult life, Erica has been mourning the loss of closeness between herself and her twin sister, Heather. When they both give birth within weeks of each other, that closeness is ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Turtleback Books (first published December 17th 1996)
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May 11, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic, family, twins
I read this appropriately titled novel on actual New Year’s Eve - it seemed a simply perfect choice to celebrate the New Year with as my husband and I quietly celebrated at home. And I really enjoyed this family drama - of course, any time a book involves twins of any ages, I know that I have a special predilection for like it. This New York-set story involved not only adult fraternal twins, but also a sort of supernatural twist. The relationships in the book between the various family members a ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Snickerdoodle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story had my attention from the beginning. It was a total page turner, keeping me completely absorbed in the story. Twin sisters had me wondering how my grandgirls will be as they grown up. The loss of a child was heartbreaking but it introduced the mystery ... as unbelievable as it seems, Sarah seems to be hearing David ... and while the 'proof' seems irrefutable, the parents can't believe it and are worried for their child. Questions are raised and left hanging ..Is there a life after deat ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is Wow. Grunwald is such a good writer that her characters are fully fleshed-out---their personalities, their histories, their relationships to each other---in short vignettes. I don't want to spoil any of the plot by giving details, but it is an interesting story told both in present day and in flashbacks. With the perfect bit of dialogue or description of an interaction, Grunwald makes her characters and the situations they get themselves into real. I highly recommend it.
Dec 29, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, especially the dynamic between the sisters. It's interesting to hear what other peoples versions of heaven look like (even if it's in fiction) and this book has an interesting take from a childs point of view. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Jan 03, 2017 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading "New Year's Eve" on exactly that - New Year's Eve of 2016, going into 2017. Lisa Grunwald's novel is part sibling rivalry tale, part ghost story. Heather and Erica are twins, who grew up relatively close and celebrated New Year's Eve as a big tradition with their mother and father. Though they stick close throughout their teen and adult years, they also have moments where they drift far apart and tension evolves. The book flips back and forth between past and present New Year's ( ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I've loved all of Lisa Grunwald's books so, so much, but not this one. It felt really disjointed to me. None of the characters were likable or not likeable enough to care about (if that makes sense), and the plot line was creepy and not well-formed. Definitely one to skip.
Debated giving this 2 or 3 stars. It was a very engaging book, in spite of the first person narrative and the stilted "I said. She said" dialog. Kept me wanting to read more. However, the curt and unsatisfying ending ruined it for me.
Apr 26, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book.
I liked this one overall, but the resolution seemed a little too abrupt compared to how long it took the story to unfold.
Nov 15, 2009 Missy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on Haunting Sarah
Mar 16, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story. Real page turner.
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Apr 28, 2015 Mary Carleton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging

This was a psychologically true story that kept me interested and entertained all the way through. She has a good grasp of character and dialogue.
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Basis for my all-time favorite Lifetime movie, "Haunting Sarah"...
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Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels The Irresistible Henry House, Whatever Makes You Happy, New Year's Eve, The Theory of Everything, and Summer. Along with her husband, Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler, she edited the bestselling anthologies Women's Letters and Letters of the Century. Grunwald is a former contributing editor to Life and a former features editor of Esquire.

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