Comeback Love: A Novel

Comeback Love: A Novel

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by Peter Golden
     
 

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What would you do if you had a second chance with the one that got away?

More than thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving behind Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharp-witted med student he couldn’t imagine living without.

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What would you do if you had a second chance with the one that got away?

More than thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving behind Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharp-witted med student he couldn’t imagine living without.

Now, decades later, Gordon is a former globe-trotting consultant with a grown son, an ex-wife, and an overwhelming desire to see Glenna again. Though she’s stunned when Gordon walks into her Manhattan office, Glenna agrees to accompany him for a drink. As the two head out into the snow-swept city, they rediscover the passion that once drew them together—before it tore them apart. And as the evening unfolds, Gordon will finally reveal the true reason for his return. . . .

Comeback Love is an evocative journey into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960s, and who never truly let each other go. Plumbing the depths of youth, regret, and desire, Peter Golden deftly illuminates the bonds that mysteriously endure in the face of momentous change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451656343
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
166,858
File size:
3 MB

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Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, novelist, biographer, and historian. He lives outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son. He is the author of the novels Comeback Love and Wherever There Is Light.

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Comeback Love 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Drugs, abortion clinics, Vietnam war and Afghanistan war are the many pressure points that this book highlights within one couple's journey together and apart. Jumping between the past and the present, the reader is taken back into the Vietnam/Woodstock time to find a couple trying to find their way both in their own individuality and within the couple. Gordon was young man who wasn't quite sure what path he wanted to take, but he did know he wanted Glenna by his side the entire way. Glenna was pursuing the doctor route, but you knew as a reader that she wasn't absolutely sure what her true passions were. Unraveling their story simultaneously in the past and the present was interesting and I enjoyed how the reader was exposed to the secrets and the back story. I absolutely loved the formatting, it was different, but it gave the book character. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey because it showed that relationships can take some hard hits when both the individuals in it are not quite sure about themselves. You can not be a good partner unless you are fully aware of your own self-worth. Although there was quite a lot of drug use and sexual interactions, the greater story was interesting and the plot had enough to enjoy the story above what may have been happening in the late 60s.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
When an incident in Gordon Meyers current life completely rocks his world, the one place he thought would help him get through existed decades ago. Gordon sought out his first love, Glenna and through flash backs he relives the highs and lows of life when he was young, ambitious about everything and so much in love with a dazzling woman. Thirty-five years ago, Gordon was a college student exploring his opportunities and chasing ambitions. When Gordon meets and falls in love with Glenna a dedicated medical student, it was like setting his soul free to explore all his options. Gordon and Glenna were polar opposites but they blended well for some reason with little difficulty in coexisting. They gave each other great support despite the crazy life they are leading and the huge differences of opinion. These are tumultuous times in the country and Gordon is documenting the extraordinary happenings of life and the unpopular Vietnam War while Glenna is fighting for women's reproductive rights regardless of the cost or toll it is taking on her. This time period in history was forcing Gordon to decide whether he wanted to move with the social norm or be run over by it. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll were a great mantra but can it play out for long-term relationship. For Glenna and Gordon the stress proved too much, secrets too stressful to keep things together, and the differences of opinion proved too great. They separated and started new and fulfilling chapters in their lives with only brief moments when they recalled how it was for them together. Therefore, when Gordon comes back into Glenna's life unexpectedly the spark it turns out is still there but so is the hurt. They both think this time back together is for a brief period of time and rehashing the good, bad, and unbearable in their prior relationship perhaps is a deterrent to any type of future, should they want one. They both have grown, found other lives and loves but never got over the love they made, the life they shared and relationship they destroyed knowing the decisions made are not without pain but are the right ones at the time. Peter Gordon has written a book that takes you back in time with such reality you forget what year it is. Mr. Gordon is able to fluidly flip the time, point of view, and story so that you never lose track of where you are or what is going on. I look forward to many great years of great reads.
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Comeback Love by Peter Golden blog tour aug 10th This book is about Gordon Meyers who is a writer and going to college, to keep out of the war. Glenna Rising is studying to be a doctor and they get wrapped up in the rallies/marches/protests that deal with abortions. She is able to perform abortions where you suction out the cells. She doesn't feel it's a fetus till after 12 weeks. They start dating and go to the rallies and protest marches in the city. This love story goes in a different direction and they each move on in their lives. They do meet up later in life and I love how the book just goes to a certain point then goes back in time so you are then able to understand what transpired. It follows both of their living arrangements and travel and work til they meet again. Their families, husband, children and work. Love the travels and the work they've each done over the years. I can recall sitting in front of a TV listening to the lottery for the war with my brother. It's one of the only times I ever saw him cry. Love the memories of Woodstock and other mentions of musical groups of the times. Not only did I like the travel but the learning of new things in this book. I had just read a war type book where it mentioned the listening posts so that was familiar to me. Although this is mostly about the two of them, others pop into their lives but it's not overpowering, keeping the focus on the two main characters. Love touching scene at his sisters'. Loved the ending also, brought it all together... To me this is the Love Story of the 70's.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Gordon was immediately drawn to Glenna when they met. Drawn in by her passion, Gordon had a tumultuous and emotional relationship with Glenna. Things gradually begin to go wrong though, and soon something that seemed very right is very wrong. Thirty-plus years after a horrible end, Gordon is once again seeking Glenna. As the grasp to figure out what went wrong in the past, they also work together to figure out their futures. Can you relive the past? I found this story very interesting. The book begins in the present, and cuts between the past and present to tell the story of Gordon and Glenna. What happened to them is very relevant to what is happening to them now. They were a pair of passionate people who found support with each other. This attachment and support though is one of the things that helped drive them apart. I really found myself drawn to these characters even though I didn't really relate to them. I didn't really understand why they were doing what they were doing at times, but I couldn't help but like them. They sucked me into their relationship much the same way they drew each other in. The parallels between what was going on in the past and what is going on now was somewhat astonishing. I really admired Glenna's work in the past and present, but sometimes I found Glenna's personality a bit too tempestuous for my liking. I couldn't really decide what I thought of Gordon. Together though, I think they were a very interesting pair. I found myself wanting desperately to know what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. Luckily I got answers along with a few surprises. I think this is one of those books that can really suck people in, and before they know it they've read a whole book without moving. It holds your attention well and ultimately leaves you feeling good. Galley provided for review.
sneps More than 1 year ago
A Different Kind of Love Story!! This book has to be read with an open mind, where people can go back in time and find the ending to their "what-if's". Pete Golden's debut novel was a huge undertaking within a small book. Because this book spans quite a few decades, the reader gets to witness Gordon evolve, go through ups and downs, and ultimately find his path in life. Gordon is a very complex character, as he navigates his way from a young college student to an older man that has regrets and is full of sorrow. Even as a college student, Gordon kept looking back while living in the present. It isn't until he's older that he comes full circle and is able to live in the present and be content with his choices. If you've seen the movie "Sliding Doors" or "Somewhere in Time", then you may appreciate this book because it's about a lovestruck couple that can't seem to find the right balance between "couplehood" and individualism. If you can read this book with an open mind, open heart, and immerse yourself into a story where the impossible becomes possible and believe that there is only one person you are destined with, then you may enjoy this book as much as I did.