Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Until the Real Thing Comes Along

A Novel

Book - 1999
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What do you do when your life isn't living up to your dreams? When the man you love is unavailable, and yet you long for a family, a home? What is the cost of compromising until the real thing comes along? Reading Elizabeth Berg is like having a friend sit down and talk with you about the deepest truths and most perplexing issues in life, and in this exquisite new novel the bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon once again gives us superb fiction about a passionate woman who solves life's problems in a way that is far from traditional, but close to the wise dictums of the heart. Patty Ann Murphy says she's "Ms. Runner-Up" in life. Rarely the bridesmaid, never mind the bride, Patty sells houses for a living (well, she's sold one house so far), longs to be married and have a family, but is irresistibly drawn to the wrong man. Ethan seems perfect for Patty--handsome, generous, and sensitive--but he's hopelessly unavailable. Patty's frustration leads her to feelings she doesn't admire--jealousy of her beautiful best friend, Elaine, for instance, about whom she says, "Find me one woman who doesn't withhold just a bit from another woman who looks like that." She's also worried about her mother, with whom she's very close but who is beginning to act strangely. Patty longs more and more for the consolation of loving and being loved, but for the moment feels she must content herself with waiting--until she can wait no more. Andre Dubus said about Elizabeth Berg's Durable Goods, "Elizabeth Berg writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, loneliness, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems." And the same will be said about Until the Real Thing Comes Along.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780679457220
0679457224
Branch Call Number: FIC Berg
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 25 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

Patty’s biological clock is ticking loudly and likely partners few and far between. In this funny, heart-warming story the author lives up to her reputation for brilliant insight into the human condition.

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nic03red
Oct 15, 2011

I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. I finished it in two days. It's about a woman who is hopelessly in love with her gay best friend. She wants a family more than anything, but can't seem to find Mr. Right. There were definitely some aspects to this book I could relate to.There were also a few parts in the book that pulled on my heart strings. I would recommend this book.

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jbeckber
Aug 15, 2008

Light read, I like this author's easy style. It wasn't too difficult a subject, somewhat predictable but entertaining.

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