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Never Change (2001)

av Elizabeth Berg

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"You know people like me. I'm the one everybody liked...the one who say in a folding chair out in the hall selling tickets to the prom but never going, the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with." A self-appointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinsky has endured the isolation of her middle life by doting on her dog, Frank, and immersing herself in her career as a visiting nurse. Myra considers herself reasonably content, telling herself, "It's enough, work and Frank." And it has been enough -- until Chip Reardon, the too-good-to-be-true golden boy she adored in high school, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned from Manhattan to the New England home of his childhood to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poignant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing. From the author whose work "The New Yorker" calls "strong" and "timeless" comes a wry and beautifully distilled portrait of one woman's resilience in the face of loneliness, and of a union that transcends li… (mer)
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The plot moves decisively and the entanglements with the main character, Myra, the nurse, are
unpredictable and revealing as Chip and Myra discover each other.

The problem is that even toward the book's end, Myra still chooses to be an emotional pushover,
allowing the man she loves to sleep with his old girlfriend in her own house. Geez. ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 5, 2021 |
Another tear jerker from Elizabeth Berg, NEVER CHANGE (2001) is something kids write in each other's yearbooks but of course we do change, and so have Myra and Chip. The wallflower outsider, now fifty-one and a visiting nurse, Myra takes on Chip,once the high school hero, now with terminal brain cancer, as her patient. They become close, things happen. Berg, who was a nurse, knows the territory, and mines it to maximum effect. My wife, who read this before I did, was sobbing by story's end. Me? Well, almost. We have both been reading Berg's books for over twenty-five years, and the first one we read, TALK BEFORE SLEEP, was equally moving. Since then we have read nearly all of her books, and there are a LOT of them. Her characters are utterly believable and painfully human. Elizabeth Berg is simply a wonderful writer. Very highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Feb 18, 2021 |
This is a good book, lots of character development and interesting occurrences. Nurse Myra is happy with her life until she meets her high school heartthrob, Chip Reardon in her professional capacity. Chip has cancer and he is seeing life through different eyes now. Will the old friends forge new friendships or is it destined to fail like the past? ( )
  LilQuebe | Mar 3, 2020 |
This was an interesting story. Interesting in that it deals a lot with time, and living life, or not living it enough, as the case may be. There isn't much backstory, and honestly, Myra isn't all that interesting a character, but the supporting characters are good. And I do enjoy Chip and Myra's relationship, as short as it is. ( )
  Melissalovesreading | Sep 30, 2018 |
I loved this book. Still pondering what to say in a review. ( )
  gentlespirit512 | Nov 22, 2016 |
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"You know people like me. I'm the one everybody liked...the one who say in a folding chair out in the hall selling tickets to the prom but never going, the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with." A self-appointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinsky has endured the isolation of her middle life by doting on her dog, Frank, and immersing herself in her career as a visiting nurse. Myra considers herself reasonably content, telling herself, "It's enough, work and Frank." And it has been enough -- until Chip Reardon, the too-good-to-be-true golden boy she adored in high school, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned from Manhattan to the New England home of his childhood to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poignant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing. From the author whose work "The New Yorker" calls "strong" and "timeless" comes a wry and beautifully distilled portrait of one woman's resilience in the face of loneliness, and of a union that transcends li

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