The Last Romantics

The Last Romantics

The New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl explores the lives of four siblings in this ambitious and absorbing novel in the vein of Commonwealth and The Interestings. ?The greatest works of poetry, what makes each of us a poet, are the stories we tell about ourselves. We create them out of family and blood and friends and love and hate and what we?ve read and w The New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl explores the lives of four siblings in this ambitious and...

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Title:The Last Romantics
Author:Tara Conklin
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0062358227
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Last Romantics Reviews

  • Cheri
    Mar 21, 2019
    4.5 Stars This story travels between place ? Bexley, Connecticut; New York City; Miami; Seattle ? as well as between a lifetime of years. Shared through Fiona, who is the youngest of her family this story begins when she has reached the no-longer young age of 102, in the year 20...
  • JanB
    Mar 03, 2019
    Once again, I find myself in the outlier club. I read to 50% and speed read/skimmed the rest to see if I was missing out on a great read. I wasn?t. Blurbs compare it to Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, a book I loved and awarded 5 stars. In my opinion this book was nothing like Patch...
  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 24, 2019
    Audiobook....narrated by Cassandra Campbell .....my first ?hoopla? book. Adding increased speed was ideal for listening. ....A few of my favorite books are centered around the exploration of siblings. At times I was reminded of ?Where the Crawdads Sing?, by Delia Owens, or ...
  • ☮Karen
    Jun 12, 2019
    3.5 stars The story starts in 2079, just sixty years from now, but still, I immediately thought it was headed into science fiction. Fortunately, no, although there is evidence of severe climate change all around. A centenarian poet, Fiona Skinner, is before an audience discussing he...
  • Marialyce
    Mar 03, 2019
    1.5 ever so disappointing stars Here I am once again finding myself at the "dislike" end of a book others have loved. As I think back for the reasons for my aversion to this book, I believe it was because of a bevy of unlikable characters, topics covered, and that hint, for lack of...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jan 22, 2019
    The family had to move to a smaller house and a not-so-nice neighborhood and to fend for themselves because they only saw their mother when she decided to venture out from her bedroom. Renee was the oldest, Caroline was next in line, Joe was the only boy, and Fiona was the baby...
  • Jamie
    Sep 03, 2018
    Fantastic fantastic read. The Last Romantics is a sweeping family saga that takes place over many generations and is reminiscent of The Interestings with touches of The Immortalists. You will feel for siblings Fiona, Joe, Caroline & Renee through their struggles, trials and tribula...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Jan 30, 2019
    The Last Romantics is a beautiful book from start to finish. I picked up the book to read it and didn?t stop reading until I was finished ? it is that good. Conklin traces the lives of four siblings across the span of their lives alternating between a far future year, 2079, and ear...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    Feb 16, 2019
    4.5 stars I really loved this book! This family saga that centered on 4 siblings who were left to fend for themselves during what they called "the pause" after their father dies and their mother retreats to her bedroom for several years was so well written. We follow siblings Renee, ...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    Nov 21, 2018
    Having adored the literary writing style and storyline of The House Girl, I was anxiously awaiting Tara Conklin?s next book. It didn?t matter how many years in between, as I am always willing to wait for a talented author?s next novel. Such was the case with Tara Conklin?s soph...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 28, 2019
    A family saga that spans a century. A story of sibling relationships, how they grow close due to a family situation, come apart, and finally come together again, albeit not the same. Conklin does an excellent job looking into her characters lives with a keen insight and a generosity to...
  • Angela M
    Feb 17, 2019
    The heartbreaking times during the ?Pause? for the four Skinner children is tempered only by the love they have for each other and the care they give to each other. This time during their mother?s ?paralyzing grief? over the loss of their father, when all they had was each ...
  • DeAnn
    Dec 28, 2018
    5 family dynamic stars to ?The Last Romantics? This book was beautifully written, with realistic and flawed characters. This sweeping novel covers a family of four siblings through challenging childhoods and through the realities of adulthood. We get to know Fiona, Renee, Caroli...
  • Britany
    Apr 28, 2019
    I love a good family saga and this one did not disappoint. This book starts with Fiona Skinner in 2079 in a lectern answering questions about her writing. She takes us back and introduces us to her 3 siblings and her parents. Her dad dies pretty early on and provides this moment in ...
  • Michelle
    Feb 24, 2019
    3 Stars The Last Romantics is a family story of 4 siblings (Renee, Caroline, Joe & Fiona) whose father suddenly dies leaving their mother (Noni) a widow and on her own, with little money, to take care of her children. Due to how overwhelming this was to Noni, she went into a dee...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Feb 02, 2019
    I'm going to start with my only problem of this book...the title. The Last Romantics is not the best title for this book. As a matter of fact, I almost didn't read the book because of the title (I am not a fan of romance and I certainly don't want to read about romantics--no offense to...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Jan 31, 2019
    I was completely swept away and surprised by how much I really loved this book. Insightful, thoughtful and lovely, this is a story I won?t soon forget. We begin the journey when the children are young and their father has just passed away. An event that shapes them all, we see how th...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    Feb 26, 2019
    I remember the end of the movie Still Alice, a hauntingly beautiful scene. The Juliane Moore character, suffering from the early stages of dementia, has read a play written by her daughter, played by Kristin Stewart. No one else in the family has been able to get or appreciate the play...
  • Tory
    Sep 13, 2018
    Egh. Okay, for one, I've never understood these family dramas like this or The Nest, where all the adult children are still so obsessed with each other's lives. Like, my brother and I were REALLY close growing up. But now we're adults and I trust he can take care of himself -- he's no...
  • Karen
    Feb 15, 2019
    This is the story of four siblings Renee 11, Caroline 8, Joe 7, and Fiona 4...who?s dad dies suddenly in 1981. The mom, Noni retreats to her bedroom in a paralyzing depression for a few years length of time which the children call ?The Pause? and the bonds grow deep between the...
  • Victoria
    Mar 31, 2019
    Intertwined threads of sibling love. Moving, elegant and generously rendered, this author truly understands her characters, both their scars and their spirits, then weaves their stories effortlessly through shifting time periods. I was fully immersed in their lives from the time o...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Jan 11, 2019
    4.5 Stars. Thank you to the publisher William Morrow/Harper Collins who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss. This is a story about a family with four kids who live in the middle class town of Bexley, Connecticut. It's 1981, and their father, Ellis Avery Skinner dies su...
  • Christine
    May 15, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars Well, this is a tough one. For me it was 3 stars all the way until the last three chapters (starting at 85%). I especially loved the last chapter; it is not entitled Epilogue, but basically is one?a nice detailed one. I LOVE epilogues, especially those...
  • Meredith
    Feb 18, 2019
    4.5 stars The Last Romantics is about love. ?Real love, true love. Imperfect, wretched, weak love. No fairy tales, no poetry. It is about the negotiations we undertake with ourselves in the name of love.? This is the story of four siblings: Renee, Caroline, Joseph, and Fi...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 09, 2019
    At the risk of being overzealous, this book is everything! ? ? ? ? The Last Romantics is the story of four siblings and their love. Fiona Skinner is a famous poet, and when she is asked what inspired her most well-known work, The Love Poem, she shares the story of the four ...
  • Sherri Thacker
    Feb 23, 2019
    Read this on 1 rainy day and enjoyed it very much! ...
  • Karima chermiti
    Apr 06, 2019
    Actual Rating : 1.5 Stars Where Do I start, Where do I even begin. Man, this book was a struggle for me and it didn?t matter how much I tried I just couldn?t warm up to it for various reasons from the writing, to the story and mainly the characters. ?The last romantics? wa...
  • Bkwmlee
    Jan 26, 2019
    This was a book that I very nearly devoured in 2 sittings if it weren?t for the fact that I had work and family obligations I had to take care of, so I ended up finishing the last dozen pages or so just now (turned out to be 3 sittings, not 2). In all honesty, when I first picked up ...
  • Tammy
    Oct 08, 2018
    Romantic love, friendly love, familial love, unconditional love, committed love, practical love and self-love. The Greeks had words for these ways of loving: Eros, Philia, Storge, Agape, Ludus, Pragma, and Philautia. This book is about love in all its forms. Love that stretches, binds,...
  • Tucker
    Feb 26, 2019
    Many thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review In the way of human nature, some people choose again and again to destroy what it is they value the most. Do you guys remember Oobleck? That science experiment we always did in middle school...