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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (408 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Binnie Kirshenbaum Narrator: Chris Fogg Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Divorced, alone, and unexpectedly unemployed, Sylvia Landsman flees to Italy, where she meets Henry, a wistful, married, middle-aged expatriate. Taking off on a grand tour of Europe bankrolled with his wife's money, Henry and Sylvia follow a circuitous route around the continent - as Sylvia entertains Henry with stories of her peculiar family and her damaged friends, of dead ducks and Alma Mahler. Her narrative is a tapestry of remembrances and regrets... and her secret shame: a small, cowardly sin of omission. Yet when the opportunity arises for Sylvia and Henry to do something small but brave, the refrain if only returns to haunt her, leaving Sylvia with one more story of love lived and lost.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/19/2014

    " A very casual, fun, easy read, perfect for poolside. It's like having a conversation with a girlfriend, and it makes you want to take a roadtrip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 2/6/2014

    " This might just be my favorite book for 2009. It's a cautionary tale about love not chosen and friendship lost. That sounds depressing and trite but the writing is excellent and a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/4/2014

    " While I found this book a bit on the depressing side, I enjoyed it. I like the way the author writes and I found it to be an interesting read. I will definitely try another of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debmeinke | 1/29/2014

    " a little slow, but, hey...it WAS the scenic route "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 1/8/2014

    " the frame story about Henry isn't nearly as gripping as the detailed, vivid, enthralling stories of Sylvie's youth and family - well worth reading for that alone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jodi | 1/3/2014

    " If I could, maybe I would have given it 2.5 stars? I appreciated it for what it was...the style was different from what I typically enjoy but it wasn't awful (I did finish it) This would be an interesting book to talk about... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Niki Sanger | 11/26/2013

    " Yuck! This book didn't go anywhere and I felt like I wasted my time reading it when I could have read something more worth while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 11/21/2013

    " Very sad. Sad lonely characters. Driving the scenic route to what end? More emptiness. Just passing the time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Anne | 9/6/2013

    " Just could not get into this book at all. Tried several times. It is due at library and I will just take it back rather than renew it. Just seemed to rambly and disconnected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 7/8/2013

    " The title of the book is appropriate. It's a bit rambling with all the various stories. And the end was very abrupt, but no surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lisa | 5/22/2013

    " seems I ordered the wrong book for bookclub... hmmm...serendipity it would seem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2013

    " Another oddly compelling read. Not chick-lit at all, but using many common chick-lit tropes. It's fluidly associative, which stops it from being quite like anything else I've read recently. Or ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/22/2013

    " This was an oddly written book. A divorced woman meets a married man in Europe while on a trip and travels with him. She tells him random stories about her life. Some were really sad and some were boring. I did enjoy parts of this book but overall found it sleep inducing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 7/31/2012

    " The cover art makes this book look heinous, which it isn't. I read an interview with the author, and I really wanted to like this book, but when I was reading it I just couldn't get over the feeling that I was totally reading something by someone with an MFA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 4/19/2012

    " Fun with great dialogue as well as interesting travel details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara Gruber | 4/2/2012

    " Hard to follow journey that didn't really lead anywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aquavit | 2/23/2012

    " This is the perfect vacation book - clever, a little dark family history, a little doomed romance, a little antiquity, a little poetry. Marisha Pessl should take note...this is how you stuff a book with sly witticisms without making the reader want to brain you with the nearest bookend. "

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