WHAT READERS THOUGHT
"A beautiful tale of love and grief that will make you laugh and bring you to tears. This is a five star read that will stay with you long past the last page. " - Ashley D. Read her full review here.
"This book was hard to put down. A wonderfully written family saga that takes its readers through several decades through the lives of four siblings. The characters' struggles and strengths are so vividly explored. A touching read." - Tannis P.
"[The Last Romantics is] a book that will make you want to sit on a comfy couch with a coffee and read all day." - Bobby K.
"[The Last Romantics] immediately drew me in when I first started reading it, especially the first half when it went through her childhood flashbacks. It was fun to read the adventures the kids got into at the pond and then learning how they grew up and turned out after surviving the Pause. " - Allesha L.
"This was a very engaging read. A story about love and trauma and how they both define us. I enjoyed the relationship between the Skinner siblings. I thought it was a very realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be part of a big, messy family." - Diana B.
"This book was a powerful beautifully written book. It was the story of many generations of flawed character voices that you could not help getting attached to. The author Tara Conklin is an amazing storyteller and I felt like I was part of the story." - Jennifer F. Read her full review here.
"I could definitely see this book being picked for a Book Club as it would allow for great discussions on family and life. The second half of the book was a page turner and I could not put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next." - Kendall H. Read her full review here.
"I didn't know what to expect when I picked it up, but I loved it. The story sucked me right in. I felt some series vibes from The Nest and The Immortalists." - Samantha R. Read her full review here.
"This is a very satisfying read; the storylines are not always wrapped up the way we expect, keeping the reader engaged until the last page. " - Margaret B. Read her full review here.
"As a multi-generational family drama, Conklin’s tale is familiar in its construction and progresses easily like old hat. There is something relatable to be found in each character." - Meagan L. Read her full review here.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the New York Times–bestselling author of The House Girl comes a novel about our most precious and dangerous attachment: family
In the spring of 1981, the young Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, dreamy Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—lose their father to a heart attack and their mother to a paralyzing depression, events that thrust them into a period they will later call “the Pause.” Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the siblings navigate the dangers and resentments of the Pause to emerge fiercely loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the Skinners find themselves again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and what, exactly, they will do for love.
Narrated nearly a century later by the youngest sibling, the renowned poet Fiona Skinner, The Last Romantics spans a lifetime. It’s a story of sex and affection, sacrifice and selfishness, deeply held principles and dashed expectations, a lost engagement ring, a squandered baseball scholarship, unsupervised summers at the neighbourhood pond and an iconic book of love poems. But most of all it is the story of Renee, Caroline, Joe and Fiona: the ways they support each other, the ways they betray each other and the ways they knit back together bonds they have fractured.
In the vein of Commonwealth, Little Fires Everywhere and The Nest, this is a panoramic, tenderly insightful novel about one devoted, imperfect family. The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the responsibilities we bear both gracefully and unwillingly, and the all-important, ever-complex definition of love.