A Publishers Weekly Best BookJack Lambeau is the prodigal son returned home to Lakeland, New York; the Ivy-League educated architectural visionary brought home to reinvent the dying port town and smooth over its self imposed scars. His friend, Steven Turner is the Brooklyn-born local reporter who will bear witness to the city's successes and failures. Between them come JacA Publishers Weekly Best BookJack Lambeau is the prodigal son returned home to Lakeland, New York; the Ivy-League educated architectural visionary brought home to reinvent the dying port town and smooth over its self imposed scars. His friend, Steven Turner is the Brooklyn-born local reporter who will bear witness to the city's successes and failures. Between them come Jack's beautiful fiancee Anne--an artist with secrets of her own - and his undisciplined brother Harris, hired by Jack to remove the suspicious barrels of waste from Lakeland's broken heart.As the town struggles to find a new identity, these four characters must find their way through their own unexpected transformations and along the way attempt to answer the questions that plague us all: what is the price of loyalty, filialty, goodness and love?...
|Title||:||The Last Good Chance: A Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||448 Pages|
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The Last Good Chance: A Novel Reviews
Wanted to like since I grew up not that far from Syracuse. It reminded me of Richard Russo's writing which should have made it easy as pie to read but I just couldn't finish. Quit about half way through
The story is told from the viewpoint of 3 main characters (though always in third person): a local boy made good who returns from NYC to his dying upstate New York hometown to oversee a project on the Lake Ontario harborfront to revitalize the town; his fiance, who gives up her advertising job to join him & pursue her painting career; & the local reporter who threatens their relationship & the town's project. It's a well-told story, with lots of good dialog writing, about loyalty to friends, spouse, & place; about how other values more valued in our culture, such as independence & career advancement, undermine such loyalties; & about how misplaced loyalties--or a willingness to pursue them through inappropriate means--are an even greater threat to genuine loyalty. Both sophisticated in theme & down to earth in setting & narration.
While it took me a little while to get into this book and the characters in it, I really enjoy Tom Barbash's writing style. The characters themselves aren't always particularly likable, but they are honest and seem like real, and fallible, people, which I appreciated. In the end I would have finished this book much faster if I hadn't been also reading The Goldfinch as a Kindle library loan that had a due date, while this was an actual hard cover book.I wish Tom Barbash had more books published, as I'd happily read quite a few more.
Interesting book about a small town in rural New York State that died years ago and is looking for a way to come back. The main character is a young fellow with loads of energy and a development plan that is dependent upon tourism. Hoping this will make him a fortune and return the town to happier times. Problem is that for years, toxic chemicals and hazardous waste have been buried all of the county.
A pleasant, well-wrought yarn that if not quite transcendental, uses the novel form to successfully investigate questions around small town renewal and if one really can go back again. A swift, easy read that might be best tackled if you're traveling to your hometown on a family visit.
A great tale, funny in parts, darkly. Very real. Carefully plotted to within an inch of its life.ALERT: Tom's story, The Women, has been selected for 2011 Best American Stories!
Too slow, couldn't stand the wife, kept waiting for something to happen.