The Last Time They Met

The Last Time They Met

by Anita Shreve


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From the last time Linda and Thomas meet, at a charmless hotel in a distant city, to the moment, thirty-five years earlier, when a chance encounter on a rocky beach binds them fatefully together, this hypnotically compelling novel unfolds a tale of intense passion, drama, and suspense. The Last Time They Met is a singularly ambitious and accomplished work by one of today's most widely celebrated novelists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316781268
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/22/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 272,322
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the author of the international bestseller The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and of the acclaimed novels Body Surfing, Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for the prestigious Orange Prize. She lives in New England.


New Hampshire; Massachusetts

Date of Birth:



B.A., Tufts University

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Last Time They Met 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 180 reviews.
Cheshire56 More than 1 year ago
You must read "The Weight of Water" before reading this fabulous book. Ms. Shreve once again take you beyong your normal surroundings and brings you characters that you'll remember for a long time to come. The description of Africa and the political unrest and culture was fantastic. I felt as if I'd gotten to take a trip to a tortured country and yet see the beauty amongest the ugly. I'll definitely share this book with family and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Althought the reader might think that the plot is similar to many other love stories - the ending is so unique and amazing that it left me dazed and shaking my head; "wow - I didn't see that one coming"! Well done, Anita!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been trying to finish this book for two months now. It's confusing as it flashes into the past with no gap so you end up rereading pages just to figure out what is going on. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. Disappointing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author. I had read "all i ever wanted" in the past and gave this a shot. I like where the book went but i was not too impressed. I will give another one of her books a try though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel of love and loss is beautifully written. The plot device is original and very well done. The ending will haunt you.
echoesofstars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's style. She writes just enough information to keep the reader guessing and wondering what comes next. I also enjoyed how the book traveled backwards through time - a very unique storytelling method that had to be somewhat difficult to accomplish successfully.However, I was not surprised as other people were by the ending of the book. What clued me in was the description of Thomas's Magdelene poems; the description could only fit one character and only one circumstance. This foreshadow easily cast the scenes of the book in a new light - I expected the ending.The Last Time They Met is an excellent read from an excellent writer.
Well-ReadNeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
50ish pair of poets reunited; flashback to age 27; flashback to age 17. Well done non-chronological book with surprise ending. I enjoy Anita Shreve books. Wonderful beach reads.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story, divided into three parts, starts from the perspective of Linda Fallon at 52 years old. Widowed with two adult children Linda is a poet with a complicated past. Her tangled history is confronted when she encounters her former lover, Thomas Janes, at a literary festival. Thomas, also a poet, has gone on to become a legend of sorts after the drowning death of his young daughter drove him into seclusion. What the reader learns in Part I is that Linda and Thomas started a romance in highschool that ended badly. Part II is from Thomas Janes's perspective in Africa 25 years earlier than the festival. Linda, then 27, has married and is working for the Peace Corps when Thomas, also married, encounters her in an African marketplace. The fuzzy details of their teenage romance hinted at in Part I become a little more defined in Part II. The reader discovers a terrible accident allowed overly protective adults to separate the young highschool lovers and effectively dismantle their relationship by putting distance (and silence) between them. Part III is ten years prior to Africa. Thomas and Linda are 17 and in highschool. This final section brings the entire sage full circle. In all honesty my favorite way to read The Last Time They Met is front to back and then again, this time back to front. The tiniest of details become glittering and sharp when exposed by more supporting story.
CatieN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Linda and Thomas are in their early 50s and haven't seen each other in 25 years but, at one time, were desparately in love with each other. They are both poets now and happen to run into each other again at a gathering of authors. Shreve takes the reader back to their past, when they were together and when they were apart. Then we get to the ending. It is what I call a what-the-hell moment! After my initial shock, I then went back over the book to try and find clues that would have alerted me to what was going to happen at the end. Like it or not, it was an ending that makes the reader think and keeps the story in your mind for a long time.
Ladyeaton2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terrific Book and very good writer
lcrouch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most well-written books I've ever read. Her foreshadowing was right on point and her words, put together as they were, had a life of their own. An excellent read.
cindyloumn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liked it. But slow in parts. Very unexpected ending. VERY different.
karriethelibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Eden Close and other Shreve books, but when I started this book I seriously thought I couldn't get through it. It was sleepy and slow, nothing happening in the story line. Just another story about frustrated lovers who meet one last time before they go their separate ways. I managed to muddle through it and then got the surprise of my life on the last page. It was so shocking that it turned the entire book on its head and I immediately went back to page 1 and started the whole thing over again. I've never done that before, but I simply had to reread the book and look for the clues that would give me the inkling of what was about to happen. No such clues. Just BAM!My opinion of this book changed immediately and I convinced everyone on the beach to read it so I could lead a book discussion about it. While I sat next to my sun-basking friends, listening to them complain about how boring the books was, I was encouraging them to stay with it all the while chuckling to myself because I knew what was coming. To quote nearly everyone who finished it, "Oh my God! I didn't see that coming!"So now you must read the book without going to the last page and see what everyone was so shocked to learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. This book was so slow and boring. the characters were uninteresting and painful to read. It took forever to finish.
Maybelles More than 1 year ago
My first Anita Shreve book - she had my at the first word and kept me on the edge of my seat til she killed me with the ending - great book.
Babette-dYveine More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Ms. Shreve that I have read. It will probably be the only book by Ms. Shreve that I have read. I found it easy to read, and lyrical in places. I also found the plot intriguing. But the ending totally flummoxed me. I have absolutely no idea what happened. And I feel cheated. I wish I could recover the time I wasted reading it.
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Personally, I liked the book very much. It was a "real life" story - not sugarcoated - and I totally understood how and why the book ended the way it did.
shanbritts More than 1 year ago
Loved parts of the book, the love letters were very romantic and real. But the end of the book threw me for a loop - completely unexpected and still have no idea what the heck happened.
Kathy3KL More than 1 year ago
The chracters were real and presented an intreseting story holding the readers's attendtion even if the book went back and forth in the time. They were raw and vulnerable.
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Jumps in time frequently. Slow and confusing at times.
pendoughers More than 1 year ago
It was a very good read. Ilike this author's style. I have read many of her books.h