The Best of Me

The Best of Me

By Nicholas Sparks

Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780446547635, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2013


"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

About the Author
Nicholas Sparks is the author of eighteen novels and two works of nonfiction, all bestsellers and all translated into more than forty languages. Ten of his novels topped the "New York Times" bestsellers list. Many of his books have been made into feature films, including "Message in a Bottle", "A Walk to Remember", and "The Notebook".