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 a lifetime of loneliness, and of a union that transcends life's most unexpected and challenging of circumstances.
"You know people like me. I'm the one who sat on a folding chair out in the hall with a cigar box on my lap, selling tickets to the prom, but never going to one. I'm the one everybody liked but nobody wanted to be with". A self-anointed 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 from afar in high school, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment of 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.
In the past, Elizabeth Berg's novels have taken ordinary people and everyday life under careful examination in order to reveal the extraordinary nature of both. In Never Change, she again demonstrates a fine balance of humor and poignancy while telling the story of two people who learn the true worth of their own lives through each other. Elizabeth Berg melds the emotional depth and intensity of poetry with the rich satisfactions of finely wrought fiction. Never Change willresonate deeply with readers, reminding them of why this author has been called "one of the most life-affirming writers around".