Five Days: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 30, 2013 - Fiction - 320 pages
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From the critically lauded, internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a profoundly moving novel that explores how a single brief encounter can change oneís life.

Laura spends her days looking at other peopleís potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, bearing constant witness to the fears of patient after frightened patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best possible outcome, she is well versed in the random injustices of life, a truism that has lately been playing out in her marriage as well. Since being downsized, her husband, Dan, has become withdrawn, his emotional distance gradually corroding their relationship. With a son in college and a daughter soon due to leave home, Laura has begun to fear that the marital sounds of silence will only deepen once the nest is truly empty.

When an opportunity arises to attend a weekend medical conference in Boston, Laura jumps at this respite from home. While checking in, she meets a man as gray and uninspired as her drab hotel room. Richard is an outwardly dull, fiftysomething insurance salesman. But during a chance second encounter, Laura discovers him to be surprisingly complex and thoughtful, someone who, like herself, is grappling with the same big questions about decisions made and the human capacity for self-entrapment. As their conversation deepens and begins to veer into shared confessions, the overwhelming sense of personal and intimate connection arises. A transformative love affair begins. But can this potential, much-longed-for happiness be married to their own difficult personal circumstances? Can they upend their lives and embrace that most loaded of words: change?

A love story as clear-sighted and ruminative as it is affecting, Five Days will have you reflecting about the choices we all make that shape our destinies. Crafted with Kennedyís trademark evocative prose and pitch-perfect in its depiction of the complex realities of modern life, it is a novel that speaks directly to the many contradictions of the human heart.
  

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I just could not like anyone in this book. And a $1100 apartment on Comm Ave.. not likely. Read full review

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I just could not like anyone in this book. And a $1100 apartment on Comm Ave.. not likely. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
31
Section 4
45
Section 5
59
Section 6
67
Section 7
76
Section 8
83
Section 14
152
Section 15
165
Section 16
179
Section 17
194
Section 18
207
Section 19
213
Section 20
221
Section 21
233

Section 9
98
Section 10
108
Section 11
115
Section 12
126
Section 13
142
Section 22
251
Section 23
265
Section 24
293
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About the author (2013)

Douglas Kennedy is the author of eleven previous novels, including the international bestsellers The Moment and Five Days. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de líOrdre des Arts et des Lettres. He divides his time between London, New York, and Montreal, and has two children. Find out more at DouglasKennedyNovelist.com.

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