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The one thing that's certain is that they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next...
They fell wildly in love or went their separate ways. They kissed or they thought better of it. They married soon after or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together or found solace together only after hard years spent apart.
With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a world as magical and affecting as those that captivated listeners in One Day and Life After Life. It is a tale of possibilities and consequences that rings across the shifting decades, from the '50s, the '60s, and the '70s and on to the present, showing how even the smallest choices can define the courses of our lives.
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By A. on 05-27-16
Thought-provoking and romantic.
This is the kind of novel I, myself, would like to write -- if only I had a modicum of Ms. Barnett's talent. The individual "versions" are masterfully crafted, with each one coming alive in its own right. Together, they are a beautiful study of what-ifs and could-have-beens. I did not experience the level of confusion over the versions that some other reviewers have mentioned (and which almost kept me from purchasing the book). The narrators are excellent, to boot!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By RueRue on 12-28-16
Too many parallel stories
The book starts with an interesting idea, (2) characters who meet and then live out (3) separate scenarios in which they connect, or not, over (50) years. But it is a lot of work to keep track of the diverging plots and the multiple secondary characters. The narrator's were good, but couldn't quite give the story the emotional impact it seemed to be reaching for.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful