A man and a woman sustain a life-long passionate relationship even though they have been together only three times. At a literary festival in Toronto, Linda Fallon encounters the man who was once at the center of her life: Thomas Janes, the famous poet. Since last seeing him, she has married, given birth, and been widowed. Thomas appearance rocks Linda, raises questions she had long abandoned, and inspires new dreams. The Last Time They Met moves backward to explore Lindas life years earlier, at age 26, when an affair with Thomas shattered her life, and at age 17, when they first met. In this mesmerizing novel, Shreve examines the resilience of emotion and the extraordinary repercussions a single choice, even a single word, can have over a lifetime. The film version of The Weight of Water, starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley and Sarah Polley, will be in theaters in 2001.