The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel

The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel

by Elizabeth Berg
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The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg

BONUS: This edition contains a The Last Time I Saw You discussion guide and an excerpt from Elizabeth Berg's Once Upon a Time, There Was You.

From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another—and themselves—at their fortieth high school reunion.

To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something different—a last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the bleaker realities of everyday life, a means to save a marriage on the rocks, or an opportunity to bond with a slightly estranged daughter, if only over what her mother should wear.

As the onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy Shauman, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob, Pete Decker. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice Mayhew, it’s a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester Heseenpfeffer, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vet—or at least that’s what he tells himself. For Candy Armstrong, the class beauty, it’s the hope of finding friendship before it is too late.

As Dorothy, Mary Alice, Lester, Candy, and the other classmates converge for the reunion dinner, four decades melt away: Desires and personalities from their youth reemerge, and new discoveries are made. For so much has happened to them all. And so much can still happen.

In this beautiful novel, Elizabeth Berg deftly weaves together stories of roads taken and not taken, choices made and opportunities missed, and the possibilities of second chances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588368928
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 81,924
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels as well as two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award. Her bestsellers also include The Year of Pleasures, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library and is a popular speaker at various venues around the country. She lives near Chicago.

From the Hardcover edition.


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1948

Place of Birth:

St. Paul, Minnesota


Attended the University of Minnesota; St. Mary¿s College, A.A.S.

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The Last Time I Saw You 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Debles More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. Even after reading the hokey subject of a fortieth class reunion, I still had hope because I have really loved most of Berg's books. So I bought it and what a waste of my hard earned money. The characters were stupid and superficial and the story line was just plain boring. I finished it because 1) I paid for the book and 2) I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. Don't waste your time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read WE ARE ALL WELCOME HERE by Berg and could hardly wait for my copy of THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU to arrive! I pre-ordered the book. I was having surgery and had even ordered the copy as an audiobook--a huge investment! What a waste of my money! Now I am faced with huge medical bills and the cost of a useless audiobook. I am so sorry for Berg. The reviews she has received will be difficult for her to read.
martaann More than 1 year ago
I usually love Elizabeth Berg's novels but this one just did not do it for me. I liked the concept of the reunion as we follow each of the categories of people that we tended to label our high school classmates, but the characters just did not ring true. If this is your first Berg novel, don't give up. I suggest "We Are All Welcome Here" or "Never Change" to realize the true genius of this writer.
Sherry_Young More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable story that was quick to read. I warn you though - it will make you think of people who graduated with you. I'm sure there are certain characters in this book will remind you of specific classmates. I enjoyed finding out each of the character's expectations of the reunion and how it played out. I was disappointed a bit in the ending. It felt a bit like the author was back in English class and her writing assignment met the minimum number of pages required by the teacher and quickly ended. I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
40th Class reunion.UGH! This is the last reunion which motivates many class members to attend that may not have otherwise. There is a wide cast of characters, typically, the jocks, the nerds, the "in-crowd", the "out-crowd. The faulty but lovable characters share their life stories briefly showing human vulnerabilities, successes and most of all seeing if they can be accepted for the great, new people they've turned into. It celebrates the joy of spending time with those who knew you "back when". The story is told from the points of view of five different characters and different perspectives on the same situation or occasion. A fun read, for sure! Other favorites of mine are: PERFECT, EXPLOSION IN PARIS and RAINWATER.
ReadtoWrite More than 1 year ago
High school reunions are always painful reminders of youth's most contentious times to me. Elizabeth Berg's descriptions of the feelings, remembrances, anguish and joy of those days is spot on. What is so intriguing, though, is that I've been to my 40th reunion and can equate her characters to so many of the people from my own class! It's remarkable how easy it is to fall back so many years - to become not an adult of 58 whose life has taken so many twists and turns, but that 18 year old teenager - unsure, insecure and always hoping for the "popular kids" to take notice! Her alumni have cancer, successful businesses but failed personal lives, unrealized dreams, ideas of recapturing the "glory days" - and in the end, some come to know and, finally, accept themselves. I've read many of Ms. Berg's books - have never been disappointed and once again, she's got it!
mjmutch More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. A lot of the characters were so likable and those that weren't became more aware of what they needed to be as they went along. The ending felt abrupt, I wanted to spend more time learning what happened and it was all dealt with in a couple sentences as if the writer had run out of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Berg is a phenomenal writer, and she remains true to her form in this novel. I have read her entire body of works, and I have yet to be disappointed by any of her writing. She has a writing style and voice in her books with which any ordinary person can relate. The book was definitely enjoyable....everyone can picture their reunion and everyone imagines someone from the past and who they might be now. The characters at times infuriate you and make you laugh at the same time. Berg does well with delineating each personality in her characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has attended high school!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must have read something similar at one time as all the way thru i thought i had already read this book. I cant recall ever reading a book twice....but i did really like this. I found it to be a quick read.
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I stalk.
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Can you be any more cold-hearted? This isn't a matter of cheering up.
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Please stop! You're tearing each other apart!
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This is awkward. She frowned and ran to forest book 1
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Im not good at giving oit truts or dares but i will do them
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I thought it was really interestin, although it is not entirely 12 yr old appropriate, i thought it was well written.
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