The Last September

The Last September

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"If you liked The Girl on the Train, read The Last September, a literary whodunit set on Cape Cod, weaving a murder mystery with the emotionally intense story of a fraying marriage." --Newsday

"Impossible to put down . . . With an artist's eye and a poet's heart, de Gramont realizes a world of love, mystery, and the shattering sorrow of mental illness, deceit, hope, and lives cut short." -- Library Journal, starred review

Brett has been in love with her husband, Charlie, from the day she laid eyes on him in college. When he is found murdered, Brett is devastated. But if she is honest with herself, their marriage had been hanging by a thread for quite some time.

All clues point to Charlie's mentally ill brother, Eli, but any number of people might have been driven to kill Charlie--a handsome, charismatic man who unwittingly damaged almost every life he touched. Brett is determined to understand how such a tragedy could have happened--and whether she was somehow complicit.

Set in the desolate autumn beauty of Cape Cod, this riveting emotional puzzle explores the psyche of a woman facing down the meaning of love and loyalty.

" The Last September is a wonderful, glowing book populated by characters that become a part of your life long after the last page has been turned. It is the type of novel writers admire and readers long for." --Jason Mott, author of The Returned

"Brilliant rendering of love story and murder mystery . . . I was hooked by the first paragraph, which somehow contains all the beautiful, luminous grief of the whole story, and I truly did not want to let it go in the end." --Brad Watson, author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

"A moody murder mystery . . . Boasts lovely, understated writing, sharply drawn settings . . . and, once again, characters who are irresistibly attractive, flawed, and dangerous . . . A fine literary whodunit from an accomplished storyteller." --Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616201333
Branch Call Number: FIC Gramo
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 09, 2016

I almost skipped this book because a review on Goodreads implied it was a boring story about nothing rather than the mystery described on the jacket. It's true: it's not a mystery, at least not in the traditional whodunnit sense, but nowhere near boring.

The Last September by Nina de Gramont is about more than who killed Mr. Body and in what room. The core of the novel is really about the mysteries of the heart -- love -- and the human mind, written beautifully in the character Eli, who is schizophrenic. The author's writing style is so confident and fluid, it pulls you along like a muscled river.

The characters are each so interesting, but the author doesn't give them all away -- they, too, are mysteries, to the reader and to one another.

References to some of my favourite poets and works made it even better. Such a great book, I'm sad it's over!

5 stars and all my thumbs up.

multcolib_karene Sep 27, 2015

There's a mystery to be explored throughout this book however it has a lot more going on than just a standard whodunit. It's an exploration of characters and mental illness and family. Engrossing.

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