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Second Chance

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Second Chance

Apart for twenty years, school friends Paul, Saffron, Olivia, and Holly are in very different places in their lives when they get together in London after the death of a close friend, but through their rediscovered friendship they find new paths to follow and --- despite some missteps along the way --- begin to understand what it means to get a second chance.

Upon receiving the news about the death of Tom Fitzgerald --- the only one within the group who had kept in touch with all of them over the years --- each character reacts in his or her own way, but all feel the need to see one another again and catch up on what they’ve been doing over the past two decades. Paul has become a freelance writer and journalist who improbably ended up in a two-page spread in Vogue, along with his wife Anna, the gorgeous and stylish founder of An actress living in Los Angeles, Saffron is on the brink of international stardom but is struggling with past demons while pursuing a secret relationship with a married megastar. Olivia, whose partner of six years, George, recently left her, is working at an animal shelter and slowly persuading herself to start dating again. And Holly, whose relationship with Tom was deeper than the others’, finds herself married with two children --- but her husband, Marcus, is a chilly and distant man, and she is worried that she is no longer in love.

As they rekindle their connection, the friends find themselves faced with decisions they never expected to make. Holly finds herself drawn to Tom’s younger brother, Will, when she meets him again at the funeral and the two strike up an e-mail exchange that leads Holly into dangerous territory. While she considers what to do about her marriage and her future, she also finds herself closer than ever to her three former schoolmates --- even Saffron, whose glittery lifestyle and famous friends haven’t dulled her down-to-earth personality and outrageous sense of humor.

In Second Chance, Jane Green follows the lives of these four as they help one another along, providing a lighthearted, warm, and witty look at contemporary middle age. For these characters, life really does begin at forty, and as their lives transform they realize there is nothing holding them back from continuing to pursue their dreams. By turns hilarious and moving, Green’s new novel is an addictive read for women of any age and an insightful exploration of the possibilities that life holds for all of us.

Second Chance
by Jane Green

  • Publication Date: May 27, 2008
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Plume
  • ISBN-10: 0452289440
  • ISBN-13: 9780452289444