I really loved this novel. The characters are beautifully described and you truly feel for all of their tensions, disappointments and dreams. The structure of the book helps with that, as alternating chapters focus on the different points of views and experiences of each main character. The plot presents real-life, adult problems to navigate...divorce and breakups, babies, careers, drinking too much...and it shows how every decision reverberates out and affects other lives, including minor characters like one of Nathaniel's students, and his mother. All of these lent a really credible tone to the story, and caused me as a reader to get very invested, because I could see myself in many of the roles in the many relationships. Ultimately this is a story about second chances, about unfinished business and dreams, and about what it means to start over--or circle back. Really well written with great dialogue and sense of place throughout. I highly recommend.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)