Light, Coming Back: A Novel

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Alyson Books, 2001 - Fiction - 332 pages
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"This is a writer to watch. A superb novel, wonderful prose."-Sandra Scoppettone, author of the Lauren Laurano series
Elegant, intellectual Mercedes Medina is nearing 60, and preparing for the imminent death of her husband, Patrick. Twenty years her senior, and a former concert cellist, Patrick approaches the end of his life with lucidity and confidence, but for Mercedes, the journey is not so simple. Finding herself drawn to a woman nearly half her age, she struggles for balance as passion collides with responsibility, recklessness with loyalty, lust with love, and the present with the future. When Patrick dies and the woman, Lenny disappears, Mercedes is left alone, and facing a life that will not allow her to continue living in the way she has. Light Coming Back is a haunting story of change, passion, and the search for an authentic and personal life, rendered in an exquisitely heart-rending manner by first-time novelist Ann Wadsworth. Mercedes Medina's struggle for equilibrium as her life simultaneously unravels and weaves itself into a new pattern is both unforgettable and universally recognizable.

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Ann Wadsworth lives in Boston, where she is the editor of publications for the Boston Athenaeum. "Light Coming Back" is her first novel.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A sometimes charming but more often inefficient debut about "a fifty-nine-year-old woman, happily married, infatuated with a young woman half her age."Mrs. Medina married Mr. Medina, a famous cellist ... Read full review

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User Review  - bobbieharv - LibraryThing

A terrific novel I found hard to put down. About a 60 year old woman whose 85 year old musician-husband is dying. She unaccountably falls in love with a young female florist, and has a brief affair ... Read full review


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