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The impossible lives of Greta Wells / Andrew Sean Greer.

Greer, Andrew Sean, author. (Author).
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  • 10 of 11 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
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Dorchester - Summerville Branch FIC GRE (Text) 30018004621237 Adult Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062213785
  • ISBN: 0062213784
  • Physical Description: 289 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2013]

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Electricity turns back the hands of time after Greta goes off the deep end of depression following the death of her twin brother, Felix. Electroshock therapy keeps sending Greta back to 1918, 1941, and the present, giving her three lives in three versions of herself. Similarities abound, but with the last treatment looming, a choice must be made. Which Greta will survive, and where will she end up? --From Brodart annotation.
A rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the "other lives" she might have lived. It is 1985. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression and undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well--though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are remarkably similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds? Who will choose to stay in which life? In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices? The author beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be -- Adapted from statements on
Subject: Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Identity (Psychology) > Fiction.
Depressions, Mental > Treatment > Fiction.
Reincarnation > Fiction.
Time travel > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Historical fiction.
Romance fiction.
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