The Romantic Author:Barbara Gowdy Louise Kirk learn about love and loss at an early age. When she is nine years old, her former beauty queen mother disappears, leaving a note that reads only - and incorrectly - "Louise knows how to work the washing machine." Soon after, Abel Richter moves in across the street, and a childhood friendship with the nature-loving, precociously int... more »elligent boy evolves into a love that will bind Louise and Abel forever.
Skillfully interweaving the stories of Louise and Abel at different ages, Barbara Gowdy offers a powerful exploration of love's many incarnations: a motherless daughter who yearns to be adopted, a husband eternally linked to a wife who has left him, a girl bewitched by the boy next door, a woman who refuses to let go of a magnetic, elusive man. Haunting and profound, The Romantic is a story about love in all its exquisite variations.« less