Where or When

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What would you do if, out of the blue, you received a letter from your first love? Sian Richards sees no reason why she can't write back to Charles Callaghan After all, it's been thirty years and they are both married with families. But an innocent correspondence becomes a dangerous intimacy. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Charles and Sian risk everything to be together. Charles Callahan, a 44-year-old Rhode Island insurance broker, is a man who has deep feelings but finds himself emotionally thwarted in the life he leads. He loves his three children, but his marriage to Harriet is passionless. When he chances upon a photograph of poet Sian Richards in the Sunday newspaper, his life changes. Sian was his first love, 31 years ago at summer camp. Sian, married to melancholy, reserved Stephen, has suffered the loss of a child, and, after some hesitation, she allows herself to turn to Charles with the same urgency he feels for her. Shreve evokes this emotional buildup deftly, complete with stirring old songs and flashbacks to teenaged love.

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When Charles Callahan chances on a newspaper photograph of Sian Richards, a woman he loved when they were both only thirteen, he is hardly in a position to do anything about it. He has been faithfully married for years and his Rhode Island real estate business has been hit hard by the recession. He is scrambling to stave off bankruptcy and save his house. But Charles cannot resist the hand of fate. He writes to Sian, now a poet living with a family of her own on a farm in upstate New York.

Three decades after they last saw each other, the two lovers meet. Powerfully drawn together once again, Charles and Sian are forced to come to terms with the nature of erotic love and betrayal, moral quandaries in an age of shifting values, and the elusive nature of time. Struggling to reclaim what once they lost, they set in motion a passionate and tumultuous series of events that moves to a shocking conclusion.

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A story of obsessive love, by the author of "Eden Close" and "Strange Fits of Passion". When they were 13, Charles and Sian knew each other briefly at summer camp. 31 years later, both married with children, Sian publishes a volume of poetry and Charles contacts her. They begin a passionate affair.

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