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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.

10 thoughts on “The Last Romantics

  1. Meredith Meredith says:

    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 love This 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 su

  2. JanB JanB says:

    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 interest

  3. Angela M Angela M says:

    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 her

  4. Tammy Tammy says:

    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 to

  5. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    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,

  6. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    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 t

  7. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Audiobook.narrated by Cassandra 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

  8. Karen Karen says:

    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 in the future, where Fiona has become a renowned poet, and she looks back on their lives and it foll


    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 yello

  10. Cheri Cheri says:

    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 ab

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