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Elizabeth Berg
Adult Fiction BERG

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Summary: "You know people like me. I'm the one who sat in a folding chair out in the hall selling tickets to the prom but never going, the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with." A self-anointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinsky has endured the isolation of her middle life by doting on her dog, Frank, and immersing herself in her career as a visiting nurse. Myra considers herself reasonably content, telling herself, "It's enough, work and Frank." And it has been enough -- until Chip Reardon, the too-good-to-be-true golden boy she adored from afar, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned from Manhattan to the New England home of his childhood to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poingnant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing. From the author whose work "The New Yorker" calls "strong" and "timeless" comes a wry andbeautifully distilled portrait of one woman's resilience in the face of loneliness, and of a union that transcends life's most unexpected and ch


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main characters Myra Lipinski
Female
Age: 51
Single
Home care nurse.
Nurse

Chip Reardon
Male
Age: 50s
Terminally ill
Suffering from an inoperable brain tumor; former high school star athlete.



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