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Light, Coming Back

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"This is lyrical writing at its finest . . . breathtaking and beautiful, showing us the fullness of a life captured."-"Foreword Magazine"

For decades, Mercedes Medina has carefully navigated life's turbulent currents, and although her irascibly good-humored husband of 25 years is dying, she fully expects her elegantly ordered existence to carry on. But when a passionate aff
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Alyson Books (first published October 1st 2000)
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Nancy
May 21, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Can't praise this book enough. So beautifully written that I had to stop at times just to catch my breath. An improbable plot involving an older (she is 59) woman's self discovery as a lesbian with a much younger woman is tenderly rendered. The characters had depth and the main character, Mrs. Mercedes Medina appealed to me the most-so much so I found myself falling for her-a testimony to the author's skill. After being happily married (more or less) to her much older husband Patrick (he's 85 ...more
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Aug 20, 2013 Wildlx rated it liked it
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Elegant, cultured Mercedes Medina is nearing 60 and preparing for the imminent death of her husband, Patrick. An acclaimed cellist twenty five years her senior, Patrick approaches the end of his life with gusto, but for Mrs. Medina, the journey is not so simple. Finding herself drawn to an impetuous woman nearly half her age, she struggles for balance as passion collides with responsibility, desire with loyalty, lust with love, and the present with the future. When Patrick dies an
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Milay
Mar 01, 2008 Milay rated it it was amazing
In one word... intoxicating. Will reverberate indefinitely through my mind.
Dimps
Jan 29, 2008 Dimps rated it it was amazing
Super great read! This book took me through an extensive range of emotions and I LOVE it for that!
Darlene
Nov 18, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Darlene by: One of my book clubs on GoodReads
For once, I was glad that the font was too small for me. It meant that I had to savor my moments with the story. This was like the fine wine, dark chocolate, aged cheese kind of book. I cherished every moment with it. It wasn't the kind of book that left you tense or anxious in any way. In fact, I felt very little tension in the book. That goes against what I have been taught about writing.

The main character, Mrs. Mercedes Medina, is in her sixties. Her husband is 20 years her senior. I love the
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Ulla
Mar 29, 2014 Ulla rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! I like books which differ from the "crowd", and this one certainly does!
You are 59 years old, your 85-year-old husband, a musical genius whom you have loved for a long long time, is dying, and you fall in love with a 29-year-old woman. What to do????

What is also different here is that the author is not offering Mrs. Medina any easy solutions; the pace is kind of slow and the reader is given time to think about her own life and her own solutions.

It is beautifully written. Would love to
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Aubrey
Nov 10, 2008 Aubrey rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, own, queer
While I didn't particularly believe in the relationship between the protagonist and her husband (there didn't seem to be any love between them anymore) - I was compelled by Mrs. Medina's struggle to come to terms with her sexuality.
Josh
Aug 29, 2007 Josh rated it it was amazing
I picked this up from a bargain bin and it was certainly well worth the purchase. An intriguing look into what you might feel when at the autumn of your life you begin to wonder if you've ever really lived or loved at all …
Susan
May 19, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book about facing a dramatically changed life at a time when most of your peers seem to have it all locked up. I liked the varied lesbian characters and message that life never stops surprising us.
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