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Falling together, Marisa de los Santos

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Falling together
Title
Falling together
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Marisa de los Santos
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Language
eng
Summary
"Six years after their friendship abruptly ended, Will, Pen and Kat are brought together at their college reunion where past and present collide, sending them on an unexpected journey across the world that changes everything."--From Novelist
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  • When Pen receives a text message from Cat asking for help, she is stunned. She hasn’t seen Cat or her other best friend, Will, for almost six years. The three friends were inseparable all through college, but then their relationships ended abruptly. Still stinging from the loss, Pen debates over whether she should respond. Much has changed since college; she is now a single mother with a struggling career. However, when she agrees to meet Cat at the upcoming college reunion, she has no idea she will run into Will. As if no time has passed, Pen and Will fall right back into their easy relationship, only this time feelings emerge that weren’t there before. And what they find out about Cat sends them off on a trip to the Philippines to finally put the past to rest and start looking to the future. This is a good, solid read that succeeds in being both funny and heartbreaking. De los Santos has a knack for best-friend banter and stays true to the emotions involved in letting go of treasured relationships. -- Kubisz, Carolyn (Reviewed 09-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 2, p24)
  • A stimulating if baggy story of friendship, de los Santos's latest (after Belong to Me) tracks what happens to a trio of former friends brought together under unusual circumstances at their college reunion. Cat Ocampo's decision to marry Jason, her longtime boyfriend that her friends Will and Pen can't stand, drives a wedge into the friendship, and soon, with Cat out of the picture, Will and Pen drift apart. Six years later, Pen is a single mom and smarting from the loss of her father when, as the college reunion approaches, Cat e-mails her and Will, telling them she needs to see them at the reunion, but when Will and Pen show up, there's a big, unwelcome surprise waiting for them. De los Santos's fluid prose powers what turns into a nifty mystery, and though the plot flags later on, as if being drawn out for the sake of being drawn out, the mix of perfectly realized personalities and genuine emotion make this a winner. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed May 2, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 18, p)
  • Pen, Will, and Cat become friends in college but have that inevitable falling out. Not so long after graduation, single-mom Pen gets a frantic email plea from Will, begging her to come to a class reunion. There, the three friends meet, greet, and go on a life-changing journey. Okay, you've heard the plot before, but books by de los Santos are big best sellers, and Belong to Me won the American Library Association Reading List Award for Women's Fiction. With a 250,000-copy first printing and a reading group guide. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed May 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 9, p61)
  • In the latest from de los Santos (Belong to Me, 2008, etc.), a single mother's effort to reunite with her two best friends from college after a six-year silence doesn't pan out exactly as she expected. After Pen met Cat (their cute, sexually ambiguous names a telling coincidence) and Will at the start of their freshman year at an unnamed Southern college, the three quickly recognized they were soul mates and became inseparable. Other friends and even lovers had to play second fiddle to their platonic threesome. After college, the three lived together until petite, half-Filipino Cat, who suffered from occasional epileptic seizures and was the most vivacious and quirky member of the group, decided she wanted to get married and moved out. The friendship was so intense that it could not survive alteration, and soon Will moved out too. In the ensuing six years, Pen has heard nothing from her friends. She is living with her brother while raising her 5-year-old daughter Augusta, the result of an affair with a likable jerk who has returned to his former wife, when she receives an e-mail from Cat begging her to meet at their college reunion. Will, now an author of children's books, receives the same e-mail and shows up too. But instead of Cat, Cat's husband Jason appears. He sent the e-mails and now begs them to help him find Cat, who disappeared shortly after her father's death (Pen is still mourning the death of her own father two years earlier while Will's father is alive but out of his life). Soon the three, plus Augusta, head to the Philippines. Pen and Will grapple with their confused, perhaps not so platonic feelings for each other as well as their ambivalence toward crude but oddly sympathetic Jason, a dead ringer for the actor Jason Segel. Adept at creating romantic fiction for women who want to think they are above romantic fiction, de los Santos offers ever-so-sensitive protagonists who are surprisingly dense about their actual feelings.     (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011)
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10003092
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DLC
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1966-
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De los Santos, Marisa
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Female friendship
  • Friendship
  • Reunions
  • Class reunions
  • Missing persons
  • Travel
  • Runaway wives
  • Family secrets
  • Fathers
Target audience
adult
Label
Falling together, Marisa de los Santos
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
360 p.
Isbn
9780061670886
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Lccn
2010050372
Note
SA = De los Santos
System control number
  • (OCoLC)691927901
  • 598746
  • (OCoLC)ocm691927901
  • 4489-96560
  • (OCoLC)ocn691927901
Label
Falling together, Marisa de los Santos
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
360 p.
Isbn
9780061670886
Isbn Type
(trade pbk.)
Lccn
2010050372
Note
SA = De los Santos
System control number
  • (OCoLC)691927901
  • 598746
  • (OCoLC)ocm691927901
  • 4489-96560
  • (OCoLC)ocn691927901

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