LAST DANCE AT JITTERBUG LOUNGE
As engaging as Jack and Claire's story is, it can't compete with that of Jack's grandparents, Bud and Geri, which is told in first-person flashbacks throughout the book. It takes the reader back to a different time--and offers a striking contrast to what Jack and Claire are going through. This is a thoroughly delightful read.
When Jack learns that his grandfather, Bud, is in a coma, Claire accompanies him for a visit and meets the entire clan for the first time. It's an eye-opening experience, as is getting to know Jack all over again. Maybe there's hope for them after all ... but it's going to take time to find out. (MIRA, May, 352 pp., $13.95)