Never Change

Never Change

by Elizabeth Berg
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Overview

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg

You know people like me. I'm the one who sat in a folding chair out in the hall selling tickets to the prom but never going, the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with.
A self-anointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinsky has endured the isolation of her middle life by doting on her dog, Frank, and immersing herself in her career as a visiting nurse. Myra considers herself reasonably content, telling herself, It's enough, work and Frank. And it has been enough -- until Chip Reardon, the too-good-to-be-true golden boy she adored from afar, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned from Manhattan to the New England home of his childhood to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poingnant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing.

From the author whose work The New Yorker calls "strong" and "timeless" comes a wry and beautifully distilled portrait of one woman's resilience in the face of loneliness, and of a union that transcends life's most unexpected and challenging circumstances. With effortless warmth, and loving respect for characters that defies easy sentiment, Never Change melds the emotional depth and gentle intensity of poetry with the rich satisfactions of finely wrought fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743421805
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/26/2001
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 74,850
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of ten national bestselling novels, including the New York Times bestsellers True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as American Library Association Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, she is also the author of a nonfiction work, Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True. She lives in Chicago.

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

December 2, 1948

Place of Birth:

St. Paul, Minnesota

Education:

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

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Never Change 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
writers of women's fiction. I absolutely love her writing style. After reading Open House and Never Change I went to the Library and read all of her novels. I would recomend all of them. I hope she never stops writing because I can't get enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. Grabbed this at the library on the recommendation of a librarian and glad I didn't pay for it. There was no substance to this book. Just fluff and poorly developed characters.
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sunroom-reader More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! The story is heart felt. You can relate to the characters and feel what they are feeling. A good book for a rainy day, a day at the beach or gift giving.
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Myra Lipinski the girl who never got asked out is someone you would talk to at school, not someone you would bring home with you. June 8, 1968 is the last day when she saw him, Chip Reardon, her old high school crush. Myra Lipinski who is now a visiting nurse working for a temp agency finds a message on her machine one day asking if she can take on another patient, a fifty one year old man dying from a brain tumor. His name is Chip Reardon. By becoming a patient of Myra¿s, they both learn from each other what it means to really live and what it means to really love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Elizabeth Berg and have read all of her novels. This one too, is just excellent. The story line is great and very touching and the ending was surprising, yet inevitable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second Elizabeth Berg book I have read in four days, and the third overall. Her writing style just kept me hooked. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning just to finish this book. Myra is a character I admired and therefore found it easy to sympathize, from her feelings of being a fifth wheel with Chip and his girlfriend to her feelings as she watches her one true love fade away so soon after she finds it. While the conclusion was inevitable, it was also one that I needed to get to, at the expense of a good night's sleep. I could identify with and 'feel' for all of the main characters but Myra's strength and morality was most admirable. I would recommend this book whole-heartedly to anyone. However, make sure you have tissues handy. But it was worth the sadness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This woman is my new favorite author. I loved 'Open House' so much I decided to try 'Never Change'. I cried my eyes out in the end! This book is definitely worth checking out! I have also read her book of short stories called 'Ordinary Life' It was wonderful as well. I have not been disappointed by Ms. Berg's novels and neither will you!' I will be going back to B&N to find other books by her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't wait to read this next book after enjoying Open House by the same author. I was not let down and finished this read in two days. The story was a wonderful love story and the characters were all very enjoyable. You really felt as if you had entered Myra's little world. I highly recommend this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book is like curling up with a good tearjerker movie like 'Long Gray Line.' I laughed, cried and hated for the story to end. She has a knack for populating her books with real people, people you know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Film and stage actress Maryann Plunkett is a splendid choice to read Elizabeth Berg's latest novel, 'Never Change.' Once again Ms. Berg adroitly offers a less than sanguine protagonist who's getting along by getting along. Myra Lipsinsky is 51, unmarried, and convinced she never will be. She has devoted herself to her career as a visiting nurse, and to the care and well being of her dog, Frank. Myra describes her youthful self as 'the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with.' Things haven't changed much over the years - that is until Chip Reardon, the love of Myra's life in high school, returns to town. But Chip has come back home for a tragic reason - he is dying, and Myra becomes his nurse. Skillful author that she is Ms. Berg paints their relationship with insight and depth. This is a story well worth the listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book recently and read it straight through finishing it June 25th in just over one day. I then read something else and now have just finished JOY SCHOOL also by Elizabeth Berg. I love finding a new author (for me)and Elizabeth Berg is really good. I now have OPEN HOUSE and look forward to starting it. Think what I really like about the two that I have read is that the endings aren't 'and they lived happily ever after' endings. More true to life. Not everything in life is 'happily ever after'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Berg strikes gold once again with her latest novel, Never Change. Poignant and endearing, Never Change picks up where Talk Before Sleep left off. I couldn't put it down, and almost hated to finish it.