Almost is a fast-paced, funny, and splendidly intelligent drama. And what a varied, unforgettable cast of characters young, old, rich, poor, famous, unknown, all of them turned inside out by love and grief. I relished every page. Edmund White The hilarious opening of Almost does... show more
Almost is a fast-paced, funny, and splendidly intelligent drama. And what a varied, unforgettable cast of characters young, old, rich, poor, famous, unknown, all of them turned inside out by love and grief. I relished every page. Edmund White The hilarious opening of Almost does little to prepare either the reader or the high-spirited narrator, Sophy Chase, for the drama of what is to come. Almost divorced, Sophy is in bed with her new lover an art dealer and father of four young children when the police call her with shocking news. Her almost ex-husband, Will, has died suddenly on the Massachusetts island where she left him just months before. Dazed and grief-stricken, Sophy takes off at once for Swansea Island, hurled back into a life and a family her husband's grown twin daughters and their prickly mother she had intended to leave behind. On the flight to the resort island she runs into an old friend, a celebrity lawyer who insists that she stay with him and his wife in their summer mansion. In the tension-filled days that follow, Sophy's past and present collide as she struggles to find out how the mysterious death occurred, what role she might have had in the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend's ten-year-old daughter, and how she can maintain her equilibrium. The gulf between the island's summer people and its year-rounders is brought vividly to life in the process, as is the particular beauty of a setting that resembles Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. A story about starting over and looking back, about the pain of staying and the consequences of leaving, and about a woman's longing for children, Almost presses usto wonder how much responsibility we bear for other people's happiness and exactly who we are when we're in limbo. By this riveting novel's end, Sophy has it all figured out almost.