The Romantic by Barbara GowdyThe Romantic by Barbara Gowdy

The Romantic

byBarbara Gowdy

Paperback | May 31, 2004

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When she is nine-years-old, Louise Kirk's mother disappears, leaving a note that reads only--and incorrectly--"Louise knows how to work the washing machine." It is not long before a strange couple and their adopted son, Abel, move in across the street. Louise quickly grows close with the exotic Mrs. Richter, but saves her stronger, more lasting affections for Mrs. Richter's intelligent son. From this childhood friendship evolves a love that will bind Louise and Abel forever, and though Abel moves away and Louise matures into adulthood, her attachment grows dangerously, fiercely fixed.

Barbara Gowdy is the author of five previous books, including The White Bone. Her fiction has been published in more than twenty countries. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Title:The RomanticFormat:PaperbackDimensions:305 pages, 8.13 × 5.55 × 0.85 inPublished:May 31, 2004Publisher:Metropolitan BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312423241

ISBN - 13:9780312423247


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very real I love the realistic, beautiful quality this book has. I also enjoyed the authentic characters, flaws and all
Date published: 2018-06-28

Editorial Reviews

I had to admire Gowdy's elegant structure.... Louise's descriptions of her feelings for Abel are carefully constructed and, at times, flat-out beautiful.... [Gowdy] has found a perfect vehicle for her peculiar talents.