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Evenings at Five
by Gail Godwin
Book Review by Amy Coffin
Evenings at Five is a story of love, loss and trying to move on with life. Christina lost her longtime companion Rudy months ago. The pair religiously observed a cocktail hour each night, a practice Christina has maintained on her own (almost to excess) thus giving the novel its title.

Christina is a writer and Rudy was a composer. The two built a house with respective offices on opposite ends of the residence. With nothing but widowhood ahead Christina looks back on her life with Rudy.

This story is based on author Gail Godwin’s own relationship with and loss of Robert Starer. This brief novel is rich in detail and emotion. Upon completion, I immediately read it again and enjoyed it even more. Godwin is a gifted writer who has the ability to illustrate the joy and pain of everyday life.

The Ballantine Readers’ Circle edition of Evenings at Five contains five additional stories as well. They show Christina at different stages in her life and all are based on Godwin’s own history. An introduction by the author and a guide at the end are provided to enhance the readers’ experience and keep them satisfied until more of Godwin’s Christina stories are published.

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