by Stephanie Gertler
Category: Fiction / General
272 pages; ISBN: 0525948007
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Dutton, Nov 2004, $23.95, 272 pp.
Belvedere College Professors Olivia and Carl Larkin enjoy teaching, love their two children, Daniel and Sophie, who are away at school, and appreciate life in Willow, Massachusetts that enables them to take weekend jaunts to the Cape. In their fifties, everything seems perfect for this couple until Carl vanishes for no apparent reason though he left behind a weird note that tells Livi nothing except he insists he is okay.
Livi feels abandoned by the man who rescued her when she felt forlorn and vanished in 1978 after her previous husband Noah Emerson died trying to stop a hold-up with her name being his last word. Unbeknownst to Livi while she struggles with Carl’s disappearance reminding her of her buried windmill past, her spouse returns to his hometown to face his family past that he hid from his beloved Livi. Where will these solo journeys to yesteryear lead to for this middle age couple struggling for the first time in two decades alone?
Stephanie Gertler provides her audience with a deep character study of two individuals happily married for over two decades, but their secrets that they kept from one another finally surface when Carl can no longer ignore his past. The story line contains two plots somewhat rotated in first person narratives as readers follow the respective treks of Carl and Livi as much on a mental plane as in the physical world. Adding to the depth of looking closely at the sandwich generation is the woes of the octogenarian parents as fans will appreciate souls battling windmills successfully when the heart makes room for others as Noah had understood before he tragically died.
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