Book Review of Love in the Present Tense

Love in the Present Tense
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A very beautiful book - with a moving message and characters that you actually grow to care about as you read. Pearl is maybe the weakest character of all, and that is saying something as you end up feeling her fear and pain as you read.

Pearl, a young single mother, commits an accidental crime and does her best to protect her son Leonard from the incident. One day, she leaves Leonard with her next-door neighbor, a young computer programmer named Mitch, and never returns. Leonard is put into foster care but Mitch remains a central figure in his life and Leonard, a gentle soul with vision problems, teaches Mitch and everyone around him how to "love in the present tense" as he comes to terms with his mother's abandonment. Beautifully written and engrossing to read, I highly recommend it to anyone.