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by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Forever, Interrupted weaves a beautiful love story with a terrible tragedy. Told in alternating timelines, each chapter progresses sequentially from two different arcs: one of a blooming, forever love and another of overcoming a sudden, inexplicable loss. Each storyline moves effortlessly and seamlessly through the connected stages, while also emphasizing the strengthening of old friendships and the forging of new ones. Whether told in past or present voice, Reid’s debut is a superb read from start to finish!

Newly married, Elsie Ross has just lost her husband, Ben, in a horrible accident. At the hospital, the one person that she hasn’t met yet greets her: her new mother-in-law. So begins their shaky relationship as each navigates separately through her own pain and grief. Interspersed with a touching portrayal of Ben and Elsie’s love story, they discover together that the best kind of healing comes from being able to share your burden with others. (Washington Square, Jul., 322 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed By: Susannah Balch


Published: July 2013

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