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There Will Never Be Another You (2006)

by Carolyn See

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Fabulous story about the underlying creepiness that sometimes penetrates our normal lives telling us that something is not right with the way we live. ( )
  TanyaTomato | Aug 21, 2010 |
We're never told what happened between 2001 and the 2007 this book is set in, but it must have been something slightly different than what happened in the real world. The 2007 America in Another You seems to have fully given into its post-nine-eleven fears and made them part of its daily life. A little more security, a little less trust, and a growing number of not-quite-right events - but people have adapted and life keeps rolling along.

Other than the super-secret paramilitary-ish program that one of the novel's characters gets sucked into, the overlapping stories of this book are all just concerned with folks living their lives - a failing marriage, an aging widow, a troubled teen, young lovers. See's novel benefits from the low-level anxiety present in it's slightly skewed setting, and it's a beautifully written book, but in the end I found it a character-driven novel full of characters I never really cared too much about. Well-written and clever, but not very memorable. ( )
  mhgatti | Aug 8, 2007 |
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“Carolyn See has written a novel alive with wit and love and energy–a book about things falling apart that turns out to be a day at the beach. . . . Pure joy.”–Joan Didion

Accomplished author Carolyn See triumphantly returns to fiction–seven years after her last novel was published–with this provocative, vibrantly written new novel. Set in a security-obsessed world that eerily mirrors our own, There Will Never Be Another You captures the paranoia and propaganda of a volatile time and place in which humanity’s divisions run deep and society sits on edge–and one Southern California family faces profound crises from within and without.

It is a moment in the near future when the global threat of terror has cultivated rage, apathy, and panic across the country. People fear that “anybody could be armed, or have a bomb. Or a disease. Or all three.” For Phil, a dermatologist at the UCLA hospital, it is a time of unease and uncertainty, in stark contrast to the days when he coasted through life on his good looks, a modicum of charm, and only haphazard effort. Now Phil must deal with his mother, Edith, who’s been grieving over the death of her husband for several years and only recently has thought to reconnect with a family that seems to have other priorities. Phil’s energies are already divvied up among his belligerent children, his wayward wife, and his unreliable mistress.

Then Phil’s life takes a dramatic turn: He is recruited for a top-secret team whose task is to act quickly in the event of a biological or chemical attack. The assignment just may provide him with a renewed sense of purpose. Yet dire circumstances force Phil to make profound decisions that will affect not just himself and his loved ones but the entire country. It is a chance for an ordinary man to rise from mediocrity to heroism–and at which failure would prove to be catastrophic.

Foreboding and all too plausible, There Will Never Be Another You is a cautionary novel of family and society, where a naïve past is replaced by a menacing future in which distinguishing between reality and imagination proves to be more challenging than ever.

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Phil, a dermatologist, is recruited for a top-secret team to act in the event of a biological or chemical attack. Dire circumstances force him to make profound decisions that will affect the entire country.

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