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Book review: 'The Love of My Youth' by Mary Gordon
Book review: 'The Love of My Youth' by Mary Gordon

The Love of My Youth A Novel Mary Gordon Pantheon: 308 pp., $25.95 How many of us at middle age yearn for the opportunity to reencounter a long-lost love? We show up at school reunions, searching for the ghost of romance past. Or perhaps we settle for a mutual "friending" on Facebook and a tepid e-mail or two. The protagonists of Mary Gordon's intermittently affecting new novel, "The Love of My Youth," are more fortunate: They play out their second-chance fantasy against the backdrop of Rome's baroque splendor — a setting that conjures such classic film romances as "Roman Holiday" and "Three Coins in the Fountain." Despite the...

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