The Last Romantics

The Last Romantics

A Novel

Book - 2019
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When she is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, renowned poet Fiona Skinner recounts the summer her family spent in a middle-class Connecticut town.
Publisher: Toronto :, Harper Avenue,, [2019]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781443436304
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,24 cm.


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Nov 04, 2020

I had to give up on this book before finishing. An engaging beginning and premise gets lost with both perspective (point of view is confusing, especially towards the messy middle and onward) and plot—it seems to plod along without a cohesive arc.

Oct 30, 2020

Loved this book. Easy read, but not simple. Story of 4 siblings and their life's journeys. It's a book without earth shattering plot twists, but the content remains interesting and applicable to the reader from start to finish. Check out others by this author.

Aug 25, 2020

The ways the family dynamics in this book shift and respond to a neglectful (depressed after the loss of her husband) mother and how the four siblings take this time period into their lives going forward definitely hooked me. While the story itself lacked direction, the sibling bond and the impact of their early life kept me firmly until the end.

Jul 06, 2020

This book consumed me for the two weeks that I read it. Highly recommend reading.

Feb 18, 2020

The family drama of this novel offers enough to make this enjoyable to read, and the writing has a good pace to it, so book clubs might like this one, but if you're in the mood for a bit more analysis Conklin's text lacks depth. Sadly, it really needed a whomping good ending to make the unlikely frame of the story coalesce with the tale of the novel, and it just didn't deliver. The themes running through the novel include family roles and how these shift after tragic loss, grief and different approaches to coming to terms with it (or not), and an annoyingly anemic platform for modern day feminism. Nothing is complicated here (although with these themes it really should be). It is a straightforward, superficial narrative of loss and love.

Nov 08, 2019

I listened to the audio and it became very confusing and the time frame jumps around alot. Storyline was not my favorite, but it was o.k.

Oct 11, 2019

2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins
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When poet, Fiona Skinner, is asked about her "iconic" work, <i>The Love Poem</i> (and origin of the name Luna), she tells her audience a tale of her life, loves and family. I listened to this novel on audio, so it really did feel like Fiona telling me a story. Conklin's writing was easy to fall into. I was not sure at first if I would like this book. I did not care for Fiona or her mother, but I was invested in the story and the middle sister, Caroline. I was even a bit curious about Renee and Joe (two other siblings) to see if they had much of a story beyond the stereotypical traits. I know I should have felt more empathy for Luna, and I did feel for her sister's disappearance and her mother's ambivalence for Luna, but I just didn't like her. In saying all that, Conklin had me hooked to see what would happen with all the characters like they were real people. I would recommend this to readers that like a engaging story that is more character driven. There is a great plot with some mystery, but it is not the focus of the book. (I hope that makes sense). If you enjoy audiobooks and can get a copy, I would suggest trying the audio - it really adds to the storytelling aspect of the plot.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

May 31, 2019

This is the story of a family, primarily of the four siblings from when they are very young right through to the end of their lives. This is a very softly spoken story and moves at a relaxed pace. No page turning action here, but what you get instead is highly developed characters with complex relationships. You really bond with these siblings, worrying about them in times of trouble and rejoicing with them in times of joy. You become part of the family. I found it to be a really comforting reading experience with themes of the nurturing individual personalities within a family and accepting that life is an ever changing experience that is rarely all good or all bad. The end is fully wrapped up - not necessarily with a bow but very complete and satisfying anyway.

May 21, 2019

Renowned poet Fiona Skinner tells the stories that bind and tear her family of four siblings apart, including enigmatic mother Noni and golden boy Joe.

‘Find someone to love,’ brother Joe pleads to his sister Fiona. Love in all its guises is this wonderful book’s theme for sure, messy as it may sometimes be. Needed Kleenex by the end. Good, surprising me to the last page.

May 14, 2019

The intertwining of lives and advancement of each storyline kept me riveted with the telling of their loves and sorrows. I am a fan. It read like a type of memoir and I was pulled into the characters believing them real. She is talented to have created their journeys of life with detail and expertise. What wonderful heartfelt stories with a little mystery included.

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