Five college friends receive an invite to spend Fourth of July weekend together in the house they shared decades ago. But the reunion is bittersweet considering many of them haven't been in contact since their friend Bea's funeral thirteen years prior. And it's Bea who's attempting to bring them together again, from beyond the grave it seems.
Annie, Catherine, Owen, Lindy, and Colin have all moved on since college. Annie is married, unhappily, but keeps herself occupied creating the life she wants via social media. Catherine has started her own company, a dream that's turned into more stress than she could ever have imagined. It's a dream that's created friction in her home life as well, leaving Owen to wait night after night for his wife to grace the family with her presence. Even Lindy, whose success is undeniable, is feeling the pain of aging - in an industry that increasingly reminds her she's in danger of becoming obsolete. And then there's Colin, the one who's been hiding a secret concerning Bea all these years.
Yes, Bea's brought them together in her honor but whether it'll be a happy reunion remains to be seen.
In Twenty Years is something of a Big Chill for a new generation. All five friends, the term is debatable when they get together again, are forced to face their current issues as well as those that tore them apart. And even Bea isn't immune, though she's been gone these long years. See Bea bought the house and planned the whole thing just before she passed away. She couldn't have predicted that things would turn out the way they did...
All of these characters are so unhappy with their lives. But as each of them soon learns, they have the ability to change their situations (even before the reunion) and have neglected to do so for a variety of reasons.
A glass half empty reader might see In Twenty Years as a bit of a downer - that life is an inevitable road to misery that you can't see at twenty when you're bright eyed and hopeful but that hits you by forty when you realize none of your dreams have come true.
A glass half full reader might see the book as a cautionary tale, though. One in which the characters' mistakes are exactly the kind to avoid.
Either way, there's no denying In Twenty Years and its characters will strike a chord.
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