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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Godwin Narrator: Gail Godwin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Every evening at five o’clock, Christina and Rudy stopped work and began the ritual commonly known as Happy Hour. Rudy mixed Christina’s drink with loving precision, the cavalier slosh of Bombay Sapphire over ice shards, before settling across from her in his Stickley chair with his glass of Scotch. They shared a love of language and music (she is an author, he a composer, after all), a delight in intense conversation, a fascination with popes, and nearly thirty years of life together.

What did I think, that we had forever? muses Christina, seven months after Rudy’s unexpected death. While coming to terms with her loss, with the space that Rudy once inhabited, Christina reflects on their vibrant bond—with all its quirks, habits, and unguarded moments—as well as her passionate sorrow and her attempts to reposition herself and her new place in the very real world they shared.

In this literary jewel, a bittersweet novella of absence and presence and the mysterious gap between them, Gail Godwin has performed a small miracle. In essence, Evenings at Five is a grief sonata for solo instrument transposed into words. Interwoven with meditations and movements, full of aching truths and a wicked sense of humor, it exquisitely captures the cyclical nature of commitment—and the eternal quality of a romance completed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue | 2/11/2014

    " Nicely written story of a widow facing the absence of her husband in the year following his death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/8/2014

    " Small, and a little slight, but powerful and moving. Obviously based on the author's experience and carries some extra oomph as a result. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/5/2014

    " A widowed novelist reflects on the life she shared with her musician husband. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ellen | 1/31/2014

    " Contemplative and sad. It's the second Gail Godwin book I've tried. Her writing style is difficult to stay with. I don't think I'll try another for awhile. "

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