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In her novelLooking Back,New York Timesbestselling author Belva Plain poses the question, Can friendships forged during the idyllic years of college stand the test of time--and betrayal? Recent college graduates and former roommates, classy Cecile, brainy Norma, and ambitious Amanda find their lives intimately entwined when Amanda marries Norma's older brother, Larry, to escape the unrelenting poverty of her family and the total lack of opportunities in the small southern town where she grew up. But their lives will never be the same once Amanda begins a passionate affair with her father-in-law, the cold and commanding L.B. No one escapes unscathed after Amanda confesses all, including the identity of her son's father, at a party, and Norma attempts to boost her heartbroken brother's career at the expense of Cecile's architect husband. This is Belva Plain at her twisted best, providing a bird's-eye view of the sometimes murky lives of ordinary people. If you're looking for a happy ending tied up in a pretty bow, rather than the drama that average lives occasionally take on,Looking Backand Belva Plain in general may not be for you. Loyal fans, however, will thrill to wallow once again in a world only Plain could create.--Alison Trinkle
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If Plain is what you want, plain is what you get I chose this book as my "crap" book. Meaning I read it while I'm taking a big crap. Although other crap books have extended my craps into the half-hour range because they were so interesting, this book gets me through a crap in under 5 minutes.
From page one it has been a struggle to even find the will to turn the next page. The characters are boring as hell: White, middle-class midwestern people. The author plays off as if she "thinks" she is a great writer by going on and on with monotonous descriptions of landscapes, flowers, the characters thoughts and feelings, etc. But all it really amounts to is a lot of "page filler".
I'm on page 100 right now. And apparently there is a twist in the story to come. But if you haven't hooked the reader by page 100, you need to start thinking about a different profession.
The paper wasted on this book will be better used as a fire starter for the nice warm fire that you'll want to get going when you're ready to read a GOOD book.
Looking back at the past can be very astonishing..... This book was excellent. It touched on some very sad issues. But some of these things may very well hurt close friends and family. Some of my friends did not like this story because of the relationship that happened between the father-in-law and the daughter-in-law. This seem likes a love story with a very dramatic and sad ending.
I like Belva Plain and I will read some of her other books.
An unusual ending to a novel The story is kind of original, the ending is not a happy ending, therefore , we could say that it is kind of original for a novel. The characters were not fully/deeply developed, but on the other hand, this made the story more dinamic.