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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date April 1, 2003
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780739303030
ISBN-10 0739303031
Dimensions 0.75 by 4.50 by 7.25 in.
Weight 0.20 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $18.00
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Rudy, Christina reflects on their nearly thirty years of life together, the vital bond between them, and her grief, from the perspective of their long-time ritual of getting together every evening at five o'clock to share drinks and their mutual love of language and music. Read by the author.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Every evening at five o’clock, Christina and Rudy stopped work and began the ritual commonly known as Happy Hour. Rudy mixed Christina’s drink with loving precision, the cavalier slosh of Bombay Sapphire over ice shards, before settling across from her in his Stickley chair with his glass of Scotch. They shared a love of language and music (she is an author, he a composer, after all), a delight in intense conversation, a fascination with popes, and nearly thirty years of life together.

What did I think, that we had forever? muses Christina, seven months after Rudy’s unexpected death. While coming to terms with her loss, with the space that Rudy once inhabited, Christina reflects on their vibrant bond—with all its quirks, habits, and unguarded moments—as well as her passionate sorrow and her attempts to reposition herself and her new place in the very real world they shared.

In this literary jewel, a bittersweet novella of absence and presence and the mysterious gap between them, Gail Godwin has performed a small miracle. In essence, Evenings at Five is a grief sonata for solo instrument transposed into words. Interwoven with meditations and movements, full of aching truths and a wicked sense of humor, it exquisitely captures the cyclical nature of commitment—and the eternal quality of a romance completed.


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Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780345461025
 
1 edition from Ballantine Books (April 1, 2003)
9780345461025 | details & prices | 114 pages | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.67 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Christina reflects on their nearly thirty years of life together, the vital bond between them, and her grief.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780345461032
 
Reprint edition from Ballantine Books (March 1, 2004)
9780345461032 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $13.95
About: Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Rudy, Christina reflects on their nearly thirty years of life together, the vital bond between them, and her grief, from the perspective of their long-time ritual of getting together every evening at five o'clock to share drinks and their mutual love of language and music.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780739303030
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Unabridged edition from Random House (April 1, 2003)
9780739303030 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Christina reflects on their nearly thirty years of life together, the vital bond between them, and her grief.

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