The Last Summer of Her Other Life

By Jean Reynolds Page
(Avon A, Paperback, 9780061452499, 294pp.)

Publication Date: June 2009

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From Jean Reynolds Page--the critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Before and After and one of the most compelling voices in contemporary women's fiction--comes a dazzling novel of loss and redemption, of relationships that damage and those that heal.

Thirty-nine and pregnant by a man she's decided to leave behind in California, Jules' life is changing. Always the protected daughter, she must now relinquish that role and prepare to be a mother herself. But her efforts are upstaged by shocking allegations from a local teen in her North Carolina hometown. The boy has accused her of what the police are calling "inappropriate sexual contact." Three men rally in her defense: Lincoln, her brother, who flies in from New York to help her; Sam, her high school boyfriend, who after so many years still offers unconditional support; and Walt, the uncle of the teen, who charms Jules with his intelligence and unanticipated kindness.

Her search for the truth about the troubled teenager becomes, for Jules, a first step toward discovering the woman she wishes to be. But with so many wrong choices behind her, how can she trust herself with the future of her unborn child?




About the Author
Jean Reynolds Page lives with her husband and three children in Wisconsin.


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  1. When Jules finds out she is pregnant with Thomas' child, she decides that, because he has repeatedly chosen to go off his medication for bipolar disorder (and as a result of this has exhibited dangerous behavior), she will not tell him about the baby. How do you feel about this decision? Do you think she made the right choice in order to protect her child or should he be told that he is a father in spite of the potential risks?

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