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By Anita Shreve

At an hotel within the Berkshire Mountains, seven former schoolmates assemble to have a good time a wedding--a reunion that turns into the social gathering of fantastic revelations because the buddies jointly keep in mind a long-ago evening that indelibly marked each one in their lives. Written with the fluent narrative artistry that distinguishes all of Anita Shreve's bestselling novels, a marriage in December acutely probes the mysteries of the human center and the never-ending attract of paths now not taken.

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Snuffling some watery mucus, I plucked a “radish sprout” from my leg and began munching on it. It was that familiar taste, with a hint of saltiness. Even after the intravenous fluid completely runs out, will I have to go on living until I’ve eaten every bit of this stuff? 27 CHAPTER the TWO chartreuse poet Just about twenty minutes had passed since I had been dumped, bed and all, down the mine shaft. Something like starfish are squirming around under the bed. Is that the bed’s real power source?

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