By Jeffrey Lent
After You’ve long past in paperback, it's a relocating, chic love tale set within the cataclysmic many years round the flip of the 20th century. Henry Dorn has spent years construction a relatives, however it purely takes a unmarried afternoon for it to crumble. unexpectedly widowed of the affection of his existence, Henry buys a steamer price tag for Amsterdam, town of his background, hoping to begin lifestyles anew. yet not anything may have ready him for the lady he meets at the send: the fiery, self-sufficient Lydia Pearce, considered one of a brand new new release of girls. sooner than lengthy the 2 have fallen into an affair of a intensity and value for which neither was once ready. however the reminiscence of his spouse and the vexed courting he had with their son hang-out Henry in the course of his new starting. Jeffrey Lent is certainly one of our best novelists, and After You’ve long past offers a story that fantastically charts the sweep of a lifestyles, the awful succeed in of a warfare, and the discovery—and loss—of life-defining love
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Right. At the end of a relationship like that, you probably aren’t reaching for the tissues…or this book. But you still can benefit and learn from the experience. Maybe the only lesson here is to choose your boyfriends more wisely, but that’s an important lesson, too. Don’t pick the cutest guy. Or rather, don’t pick him on that basis. If the nicest, most fun, most caring guy happens to also be the cutest, you’ve lucked out. ” And don’t agree to start seeing a guy just because he asked you out and no one else did.
You’ve tried to improve the kind of person you 29 IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD are, or the way you relate to guys, or the way you choose guys, or all of these things. It’s time to move ahead. Maybe you still miss the guy you broke up with, and maybe you even feel that you’ll never feel the same about anyone else. Maybe you won’t, but I guarantee you there are guys out there who are better, nicer, funnier, kinder, ____ (fill in the blank with what’s important to you), or all these things. And sooner or later you’re going to meet one of them.
Whatever made him break up the relationship, was it a flaw or fault of yours? (Granted, he might have had unrealistic expectations, and the fault might not have been yours…but don’t be too quick to 28 IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD declare yourself blameless. We all have faults and flaws. ) If you think one of your faults or characteristics makes you a lessdesirable girlfriend than you’d like to be, work on improving yourself. Not in the hope of getting him back! Do it so that you’ll be a more likable person or easier to get along with in your next relationship…and with people in general.