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The Last Romantics The greatest works of poetry are the stories we tell about ourselves When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.It begins in a big yellow house, with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause a free and feral summer in a middle class Connecticut town Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they ve made and to ask what, exactly, they are willing to do for love A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose and sometimes rescue the ones we love A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories how they guide us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future. Read The Last Romantics – wildweaves.co.uk

Free Read Kindle ePUB The Last RomanticsBy Tara Conklin – wildweaves.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Last Romantics
  • Tara Conklin
  • English
  • 20 July 2019
  • 0062358219

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  1. Once again, I find myself in the outlier club I read to 50% and speed read skimmed the rest to see if I was missing out on a great read I wasnt.Blurbs compare it to Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, a book I loved and awarded 5 stars In my opinion this book was nothing like Patchetts beyond the fact that both books were about siblings.What worked The premise is good and the beginning of the book when the children were young was interesting and engaging I was sure I had a winner But then.What Once again, I find myself in the outlier club I read to 50% and speed read skimmed the rest to see if I was missing out on a great read I wasn t.Blurbs compare it to Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, a book I loved and awarded 5 stars In my opinion this book was nothing like Patchett s beyond the fact that both books were about siblings.What worked The premise is good and the beginning of the book when the children were young was interesting and engaging I was sure I had a winner But then.What didn t work the characters were all unlikable and unsympathetic as adults I m a big fan of unlikable characters and dysfunct...

  2. 4.5 stars The Last Romantics is about love Real love, true love Imperfect, wretched, weak love No fairy tales, no poetry It is about the negotiations we undertake with ourselves in the name of loveThis is the story of four siblings Renee, Caroline, Joseph, and Fiona Skinner When their unexpectedly dies when they are young children, their mother goes into a deep depression that they deem the Pause The four siblings must learn to survive on their own and, in doing so, form a deep, 4.5 stars The Last Romantics is about love Real love, true love Imperfect, wretched, weak love No fairy tales, no poetry It is about the negotiations we undertake with ourselves in the name of loveThis is the story of four siblings Renee, Caroline, Joseph, and Fiona Skinner When their unexpectedly dies when they are young children, their mother goes into a deep depression that they deem the Pause The four siblings must learn to survive on their own and, in doing so, form a deep, unbreakable bond The book covers trials and tribulations they experience over the course of a century, told primarily through Fiona s eye...

  3. The heartbreaking times during the Pause for the four Skinner children is tempered only by the love they have for each other and the care they give to each other This time during their mothers paralyzing grief over the loss of their father, when all they had was each other will break your heart but uplift you with the strength and love of these children After three years of debilitating depression, their mother Noni, finally lifts herself back with the help of a relative All of them are The heartbreaking times during the Pause for the four Skinner children is tempered only by the love they have for each other and the care they give to each other This time during their mother s paralyzing grief over the loss of their father, when all they had was each other will break your heart but uplift you with the strength and love of these children After three years of debilitating depression, their mother Noni, finally lifts herself back with the help of a relative All of them are forever changed Their story is told by Fiona, the youngest of the siblings when late in her life at 102, she is speaking about the poetry she has written and published and is asked about her inspiration She says that this is a story about the failures of love and there are some failures, but this story for me was mostly about when love didn t fail As with a lot of families, there are secrets and while they are always there for each other, these sibling...

  4. Romantic love, friendly love, familial love, unconditional love, committed love, practical love and self love The Greeks had words for these ways of loving Eros, Philia, Storge, Agape, Ludus, Pragma, and Philautia This book is about love in all its forms Love that stretches, binds, breaks, is betrayed and brought back together These characters either pursue or embody the various forms of love throughout their lives A poet, in the not too distant future, tells the story behind her work, The Romantic love, friendly love, familial love, unconditional love, committed love, practical love and self love The Greeks had words for these ways of loving Eros, Philia, Storge, Agape, Ludus, Pragma, and Philautia This book is about love in all its forms Love that stretches, binds, breaks, is betrayed and brought back together These characters either pursue or embody the various forms of love throughout their lives A poet, in the not too distant future, tells t...

  5. A family saga that spans a century A story of sibling relationships, how they grow close due to a family situation, come apart, and finally come together again, albeit not the same Conklin does an excellent job looking into her characters lives with a keen insight and a generosity towards the flaws each holds within The pacing is terrific, despite the time period it covers it never feels rushed Fiona, the youngest sister is our narrator, and her experiences as the youngest in a family of A family saga that spans a century A story of sibling relationships, how they grow close due to a family situation, come apart, and finally come together again, albeit not the same Conklin does an excellent job looking into her characters lives with a keen insight and a generosity towards the flaws each holds within The pacing is terrific, despite the time period it covers it never feels rushed Fiona, the youngest sister is our narrator, and her experiences as the youngest in a family of four seems authentic and real Although I m not quite sure that she should have the knowledge she has towards what the others are thinking and seeing That is the ...

  6. At the risk of being overzealous, this book is everything The Last Romantics is the story of four siblings and their love Fiona Skinner is a famous poet, and when she is asked what inspired her most well known work, The Love Poem, she shares the story of the four Skinner siblings, Joe, Caroline, Renee, and Fiona herself It all begins one wild summer in their Connecticut town what the siblings call The Pause Something occurs that changes their way of life, changes them, and they have At the risk of being overzealous, this book is everything The Last Romantics is the story of four siblings and their love Fiona Skinner is a famous poet, and when she is asked what inspired her most well known work, The Love Poem, she shares the story of the four Skinner siblings, Joe, Caroline, Renee, and Fiona herself It all begins one wild summer in their Connecticut town what the siblings call The Pause Something occurs that changes their way of life, changes them, and they have to decide if they will emerge stronger, or will it break them apart Their sibling bond survives the challenge and grows evenloyal Over two decades later, they will again be tested, and the Skinner siblings will have to decide what s most important to each of them.The Last Romantics stands all on its own as a wondrous work to whi...

  7. Audiobook.narrated by Cassandra Campbell..my first hoopla book Adding increased speed was ideal for listeningA few of my favorite books are centered around the exploration of siblings At times I was reminded of Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, or Ann Packers book The Childrens Crusade, or The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer, or The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, or The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin, or Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett I like all of these Audiobook.narrated by Cassandra Campbell..my first hoopla book Adding increased speed was ideal for listeningA few of my favorite books are centered around the exploration of siblings At times I was reminded of Where the Crawdads Sing , by Delia Owens, or Ann Packer s book The Children s Crusade , or The Interesting s , by Meg Wolitzer, or The Glass Castle , by Jeannette Walls, or The Immortalists , by Chloe Benjamin, or Commonwealth , by Ann Patchett I like all of these family sibling relationship stories The Last Romantics , by Tara Conklin, being no exception I have great childhood memories with my first cousins Shelly, Holly, Karen, and Moses.so I have a soft spot for books with 3 sisters 1 brother.In this story we have Caroline, Renee, Joe, and the youngest mostly narrator throughout , is Fiona.Cassandra Campbell is a skillful easy on the ears voice narrator mini famous in the Audiobook world,.she added greatness to this already wonderful novel.The Skinner siblings h...

  8. This is the story of four siblings Renee 11, Caroline 8, Joe 7, and Fiona 4whos dad dies suddenly in 1981 The mom, Noni retreats to her bedroom in a paralyzing depression for a few years length of time which the children call The Pause and the bonds grow deep between the siblings as they look out and care for each other The story starts out in the future, where Fiona has become a renowned poet, and she looks back on their lives and it follows all of them throughout their relationships, This is the story of four siblings Renee 11, Caroline 8, Joe 7, and Fiona 4who s dad dies suddenly in 1981 The mom, Noni retreats to her bedroom in a paralyzing depression for a few years length of time which the children call The Pause and the bonds grow deep between the siblings as they look out and care for each other The story starts out i...

  9. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 3.7 stars.This book got nomination from Goodreads Choice Awards and its not a bad reading but honestly after reading so much good fictions of this year and took a closer look to its competitors, I could honestly lower my point and gave three stars to this book Lets go back to my not updated my review The grief makes people who they are Sometimes its five stages force them behave irrationally and make them wrong choices Dont get me wrong, this book is not only about grief It is just a factor 3.7 stars.This book got nomination from Goodreads Choice Awards and it s not a bad reading but honestly after reading so much good fictions of this year and took a closer look to its competitors, I could honestly lower my point and gave three stars to this book Let s go back to my not updated my review The grief makes people who they are Sometimes its five stages force them behave irrationally and make them wrong choices Don t get me wrong, this book is not only about grief It is just a factor to shape a mother and four children s life When children s father passed away, their mother as they called Noni preferred to act like time has stopped as their children s expression , it is big pause stage Their brother Joe went back and forth between denial and anger Finally he chose the drugs for self destruction and ...

  10. 4.5 Stars.Thank you to the publisher William Morrow Harper Collins who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss This is a story about a family with four kids who live in the middle class town of Bexley, Connecticut It s 1981, and their father, Ellis Avery Skinner dies suddenly at the age of 34 while working on a patient in his dental practice Three months following his death, the family must move from their comfortable and stately yellow colonial to a gray one story ranch house six miles 4.5 Stars.Thank you to the publisher William Morrow Harper Collins who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss This is a story about a family with four kids who live in the middle class town of Bexley, Connecticut It s 1981, and their father, Ellis Avery Skinner dies suddenly at the age of 34 while working on a patient in his dental practice Three months following his death, the family must move from their comfortable and stately yellow colonial to a gray one story ranch house six miles away in a less privileged part of town Their stay at home Mom Antonia known as Noni never realized that they had no reserves of money At this time, the oldest Renee was eleven, Caroline eight, Joe seven, and the youngestFionafour In the wake of her new circumstances, Mom Noni had a breakdown of sorts and retreated from all responsibility for her children, spending most of her time s...

  11. 4.5 StarsThis story travels between place Bexley, Connecticut New York City Miami Seattle as well as between a lifetime of years Shared through Fiona, who is the youngest of her family this story begins when she has reached the no longer young age of 102, in the year 2079 There are only minor nods to the changes in peoples lives, or the changes to the planet, as the heart of this story is about this family, and at its heart, this story is about life, love, families, and death But its 4.5 StarsThis story travels between place Bexley, Connecticut New York City Miami Seattle as well as between a lifetime of years Shared through Fiona, who is the youngest of her family this story begins when she has reached the no longer young age of 102, in the year 2079 There are only minor nods to the changes in people s lives, or the changes to the planet, as the heart of this story is about this family, and at its heart, this story is about life, love, families, and death But it s aboutreallife, which is messy and uncertain, filled with failures, misunderstandings, words left unsaid, and broken hearts And love, in all its various forms and shapes and sizes, perhaps especially for those with whom we have shared most of our lives, our familiesIf you live long enough and well enough to know love, its various permutations and shades, you will falter You will break someone s heart Fairy tales don t tell you that Poetry does...

  12. Many thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewIn the way of human nature, some people choose again and again to destroy what it is they value the most Do you guys remember Oobleck That science experiment we always did in middle school but it always made a mess and everyone walked out of 2nd period cover in corn starch For those of you who don t remember or never did it what are you doing with you life , it was this weird slime like substance that Many thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewIn the way of human nature, some people choose again and again to destroy what it is they value the most Do you guys remember Oobleck That science experiment we always did in middle school but it always made a mess and everyone walked out of 2nd period cover in corn starch For those of you who don t remember or never did it what are you doing with you life , it was this weird slime like substance that would get all over your hands unless you kept it moving and thus kept it solid My point is that it wasn t a liquid but it wasn t a solid either This book is like that Is it a comedy A tragedy Thriller I don t know but I loved it This book refused to be put into any one category and thus it stood out in the best possible way So, what s this book about I don t know No joke It follows so my POV s and timelines that if I tried to give you a summary I could p...

  13. The family had to move to a smaller house and a not so nice neighborhood and to fend for themselves because they only saw their mother when she decided to venture out from her bedroom Renee was the oldest, Caroline was next in line, Joe was the only boy, and Fiona was the baby when it all happened They called this time their mother was absent The Pause The Pause went on for a few years The children did well for a while, but then things started to get tough Renee couldnt take the The family had to move to a smaller house and a not so nice neighborhood and to fend for themselves because they only saw their mother when she decided to venture out from her bedroom Renee was the oldest, Caroline was next in line, Joe was the only boy, and Fiona was the baby when it all happened They called this time their mother was absent The Pause The Pause went on for a few years The children did well for a while, but then things started to get tough Renee couldn t take the responsibility, and the other children couldn t do without her They started going their separate ways and weren t as close knit as they had been until one day another adult stepped in, got them some help, and got their mother Antonia out of bed Things looked up after that, and the family unit wo...

  14. 1.5 ever so disappointing stars Here I am once again finding myself at the dislike end of a book others have loved As I think back for the reasons for my aversion to this book, I believe it was because of a bevy of unlikable characters, topics covered, and that hint, for lack of a better word, of what I thought to be pandering I felt there was a definite anti men strain wandering through the pages and the topics brought forward, even that of climate change seemed to be there with no 1.5 ever so disappointing stars Here I am once again finding myself at the dislike end of a book others have loved As I think back for the reasons for my aversion to this book, I believe it was because of a bevy of unlikable characters, topics covered, and that hint, for lack of a better word, of what I thought to be pandering I felt there was a definite anti men strain wandering through the pages and the topics brought forward, even that of climate change seemed to be there with no discernible reason other than they are surely in the news and very current Climate change is a relevant topic for many and yet this author chose only to give it some lip service The women of the story were often transparent and the blog run by one of them was a definite nod to feminism but at such a cost to the character s character The poor men of this book were trashed, there was not really a good one among the bunch The fact that the mother, another loser imho abandoned her children ...

  15. 3 StarsThe Last Romantics is a family story of 4 siblings Renee, Caroline, Joe Fiona whose father suddenly dies leaving their mother Noni a widow and on her own, with little money, to take care of her children Due to how overwhelming this was to Noni, she went into a deep depression for three years and basically left the kids to fend for themselves When she snaps out of it , she finds a job and resumes taking order of the home This story is largely about The Pause the time of 3 StarsThe Last Romantics is a family story of 4 siblings Renee, Caroline, Joe Fiona whose father suddenly dies leaving their mother Noni a widow and on her own, with little money, to take care of her children Due to how overwhelming this was to Noni, she went into a deep depression for three years and basically left the kids to fend for themselves When she snaps out of it , she finds a job and resumes taking order of the home This story is largely about The Pause the time of Noni s depression and how that time period shaped the bond between the siblings throughout the rest of their life The s...