Review: The Last September by Nina de Gramont

The Last September by Nina de Gramont

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015

My Review ( 5 Stars: Loved It!)

Author, Nina de Gramont expertly tugs the reader along in this suspenseful page turner.

In The Last September, the plot is not too complicated.  There are many references to Emily Dickinson, that I might not have completely understood.  However, overall it was an enjoyable read.

I loved the way the author portrayed the main character, Brett, and her total love for her husband, Charlie.  In the beginning of the novel we are told Charlie was murdered.   He was handsome, charming, and a free sprit.  He loved Brett.  They married and had a daughter together.  Brett doubted her husband loved her as much she loved him.

Brett met Charlie through his brother, Eli, her best friend in college, in Boulder, Colorado.  Eli had mental illness and was a problem at times.

The main part of the story takes place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

This novel is a quick read (about 300 pages).  Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down.

First Paragraph

“Because I am a student of literature, I will start my story on the day Charlie died.  In other words, I’m beginning in the middle.  In medias res, that’s the Latin term and though my specialty is American Renaissance poetry, I did have to study classics.  Homer, Dante, Milton.  They knew about the middle, how all of life revolves around a single moment in time.  Everything that comes before leads up to that moment.  Everything that comes afterward springs from that moment.”

Also by Nina de Gramont

Books For Adults

Of Cats and Men: Stories

Gossip of The Starlings

Books For Young Adults

Every Little Thing in the World

Meet Me at the River

The Boy I Love

She Reads

I would like to thank author, Nina De Gramont, the She Reads Organization and the publisher, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,  for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.

The Last September by Nina De Gramont is one of She Reads’ Books of Fall.  Visit SheReads’ page to read more about their winter selections  @ The Books of Fall.

Disclosure of Material Connection:

I received this book free from the publisher, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, as a member of the She Reads Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

9 thoughts on “Review: The Last September by Nina de Gramont”

  1. I love that first paragraph. And I’m planning on reading this one. That cover alone seems perfect for fall.

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  2. I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I’ll keep this one in mind. I love a good pageturner!

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