This was a lovely book to savour -- the chapters are short enough to read quickly and then go off and do something else if necessary.
I started this earlier this week and grabbed a few minutes here to read and loved how each chapter unfolded, giving the reader more insight into the cast of characters in this book. I particularly enjoyed Chloe and Oscar's story. This book is full of ups and downs and captures life and love so well.
It takes awhile to get into this one, but a good read once you understand the structure of the book. It goes back and forth between the stories of several different people, all of whom intersect at points.
In a re-imagined Midsummer Night's Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones." "In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women's softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart.
The story begins with a shadowy character named "Charlie Baxter" who suffers from insomnia and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's a story-collector, and at the beginning of the novel he's collecting stories about love. These stories gradually take over, and the story-collector disappears, as he should.
Another book where each chapter is told by someone else in the first person. Trying to figure out which character is speaking can be a chore. The central character seems to be Bradley. All the other characters all seem to have some tie to him. I understood the book a little because there was a movie based on this book, I am not that interested in reading anything else by him.