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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Berg Narrator: Elizabeth Berg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307713735
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Berg] has a knack for taking you right into the soul of her characters, as they respond to joy and tragedy in a perfectly imperfect way. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Marvelous . . . plenty of pathos and can’t-stop-laughing moments . . . Readers will care about every character. The Oklahoman
  • Book groups are clamoring for upbeat yet significant works that are entertaining as well as enlightening; Berg’s latest novel satisfies and succeeds on both counts. Booklist
  • A warm, unsentimental look at life way past high school—and the hope some people hold of reliving those glory days. People (four stars)
  • For the delightful hours it takes to read this novel, it seems that the characters jumped right off the page and joined the crowd for a casual family supper. Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared Quist | 2/19/2014

    " I got this book through first reads, and I enjoyed it. It was a light, fun, story and I felt that it was written very well. It's about a 40 year high school reunion. The story is really enjoyable. I thought it was a great weekend read. I gave it three stars because I felt that Berg could do better. This book isn't bad at all, but when you compare it to Talk Before Sleep or Open House, it just doesn't measure up. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a light read that is a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/14/2014

    " "...trusting that things will, in their owntime and in their own way, come quite satisfactorily together" (241). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jeanette | 2/13/2014

    " engaging story of a 40th high school reunion. again quirky, interesting characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caclark85283 | 2/12/2014

    " didn't like ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindapoulsom | 1/26/2014

    " Easy to read - okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 1/25/2014

    " An upcoming 40th high school reunion is planned. Dorothy dreams of hooking up with the old quarterback. Les just wants to visit with a classmate who is also a veterinarian. Pete hopes to rekindle the love with his estranged wife Nora. Mary Alice wants to reexamine her rather painful high school years. Candy was the "it" girl in high school, but now wants only friendship. A poignant tale of the past with a hopeful future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Piper | 1/23/2014

    " This book tells it like it is. The characters are all unfailingly "real" and believable. They are afflicted with the same character flaws, fears and feelings of self-doubt we all have (don't we? or is it just me??) When these mature adults reunite with their high-school friends, they tend to fall into the same behavior patterns they experienced as teenagers. So true to life! I felt exactly the same way when I went to my 25th reunion. I was riveted to this story; it is a great character study. I felt she could have been describing my own HS class of 1963! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 1/18/2014

    " Believable characters at a high school reunion--who couldn't see themselves there? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esigs | 1/15/2014

    " Such a good lite hearted read. Easy read and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlee Cowan | 1/15/2014

    " I've been reading a lot of serious books lately so I needed a Lifetime movie equivalent of a book and this served its exact purpose. Just something to entertain me on the train, a pretty forgettable book overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 1/14/2014

    " This book was just alright, I really was hoping that the ending would have been alittle juicier. I thought it was alittle boring, and I hoped it would have "zoomed up" a little. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aley Martin | 11/8/2013

    " Good read by one of my favorite authors. This time, she hit home with her portrayal of several 58 year olds attending their 40th HS reunion and offered a glimpse back at a time in the past where they all were so very different. Next year is my 40th and I cannot wait to see my old school friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 haya | 11/3/2013

    " somewhat terrible - very scattered, too many characters without enough development to be able to keep track of who is who and at the end, you realize you don't really care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/18/2013

    " This book was ok. I think I might have read it before. Not my favorite Elizabeth Berg book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 7/16/2013

    " Chick lit about a 40 class reunion. Nothing special but pleasant to listen to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 5/5/2013

    " A relaxing, entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/2/2013

    " A bit like a beach read. Nothing really develops and I do not understand why they keep saying the 40th reunion is the last one ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Spencer Inskeep | 4/29/2013

    " There's just something about Elizabeth Berg that I love. Her books make me feel cozy and secure. In this novel, the storyline follows several classmates preparing to attend their 40th high school reunion (the "last" one). This is one book where I enjoyed knowing "the rest of the story". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/4/2013

    " Another book by Berg that reaffirms why she is one of my favorite contemporary writers. I feel like I could sit down with her for a cup of coffee and we would instantly hit it off. Just wondering though why this referred to as " the last reunion"? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon A. | 12/27/2012

    " This story was really delightful -- I loved the characters, the gradual peeling away of all their layers, and the upbeat, but not overly sappy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Bowman | 8/13/2012

    " It's about various people who attend their 40th HS reunion. I just had mine last Nov and wasn't able to attend, so I was curious. It was a fun, fast read, but surprisingly I couldn't really related to any of the characters, even though they were all born the same year I was, 1952. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 5/20/2012

    " This is a cute cozy read. Elizabeth Berg does a good job of developing the characters and the story. My only complaint is that the book ended too soon. I wanted more of these lovable characters and how their lives changed after the reunion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/30/2011

    " Quick, light. Not a life changer but pleasant enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Madden | 12/16/2011

    " Oh sad but true, happy and poignant....a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 10/26/2011

    " I picked this book because it is about a class reunion and I will be attending mine in July. Also, I like the author. Great book, although I hope my class reunion isn't as cliquey as the one in this book. I cheered for the vet and the nerd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smudgedink7 | 6/13/2011

    " The characters were realistic and it shows what we hold on to as individual and how our memories shape what we think even if it's not the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " As other Elizabeth Berg books have been, a simple and refreshingly honest story about individuals returning to their home town for the 40th high school reunion. I liked how the author delves into each character's life and what they were thinking/experiencing right before the reunion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 5/18/2011

    " It was OK. The premise of the book was good, but somehow I just couldn't get into the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 5/16/2011

    " Easy read. Brings back memories of high school. Very enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wende | 5/15/2011

    " This is an enjoyable light read by the ever thoughtful crafter of characters, Elizabeth Berg. The story follows several 60-ish graduates as they prepare to attend their 40th high school reunion. The themes of appearance versus substance and growth versus stagnation are central to the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/14/2011

    " Loved the character development. Really could relate these characters to people from my own high school... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 4/25/2011

    " This was about a 40 year hight school reunion and various people attending and their little sagas. I usually like Berg's writing, but this book was pretty trite. I never could get involved in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/25/2011

    " Highschool reunion
    Why you wanted to go
    why you didn't
    why you went
    a re-do
    or illuimination
    of both
    past and what is now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 4/25/2011

    " Good enough book about what it's like to go back to a high school reunion after a bazillion years. I could relate to some of the sentiments having gone to my 30th reunion a few years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 4/23/2011

    " This book was just alright, I really was hoping that the ending would have been alittle juicier. I thought it was alittle boring, and I hoped it would have "zoomed up" a little. Oh well.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/14/2011

    " good vacation read about a high school reunion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/14/2011

    " A high school reunion story with a twist - 40th reunion! Cool kids and geeks actually connect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/11/2011

    " Too old.... a bit sad... just not my thing ... "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg, the author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the NEBA Award for her body of work and was an ABBY Award finalist for her book Talk before Sleep. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and the New York Times. Berg also teaches writing workshops at Radcliffe College.