LFB on July 17, 2013
Reading This Nearly was Mine by Nancy Farkas made me feel as if I was seated next to a middle-aged stranger, it's narrator, Annie, on a long flight. At the end of the flight, I would get off the plane saying Oh my g-d, Oh my g-d, what an incredible story! It was meant to be that Annie's college-aged daughter in 2006 went to Spain and was able to reconnect her mother with the rock of her life, friend and lover during the summer of 1980 when she had just finished graduate school and was having doubts about her upcoming marriage. After the initial phone call, Francisco and Annie developed an intimate skype relationship and eventually reconnected in Finland along with Annie's husband. The American was not the warm, adoring husband that Francisco would have been, but he understood Annie's moods and charms, her goals, her values and made her laugh. Annie adds to her story by quoting songs, books, attitudes and movies of the late `70's that help set the feeling and backdrop of the time and place and even insists that the reader look it up to be made aware of its truth. For anyone who has ever asked, did I do the right thing, am I with the right person, how would my life have been different if I had just .....this book will make you write chapters in your head of your own story. I would highly recommend this page turner.