Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.75 × 5.69 × 1.06 in
Published: April 28, 2006
Publisher: Algonquin Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 156512443X
ISBN - 13: 9781565124431
About the Book
A funny and shocking epistolary novel of modern love, told in the alternating voices of a man and a woman who spend the course of a year candidly writing to each other about their past love affairs.
From the Publisher
Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Janes lusty encounter at a friends wedding isnt really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.
What follows is a series of traded confessionsof their messy histories, their past errors, their big loves, their flaws, and their passions. Each love affair, confessed as honestly as possible, reveals the ways in which Jane and John have grown and changedor not changedover the years; the people theyve hurt, the ones still bruised. The ones who bruised them. Where all of this soul-baring will take them is the burning question behind every lettera question that can only be answered when they meet again, finally, in the flesh.
About the Author
Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poemsin publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetropeand a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.
Julianna Baggott is the author of the bestseller Girl Talk, as well as The Miss America Family, The Madam, and a book of poems. She writes popular childrens books under the pseudonym N. E. Bode. She teaches at Florida State University.
Few writers of the twenty-first century can rival the verve, the energy, and the sheer delight in language of Julianna Baggott.
- Madison Smartt Bell