Twenty-one Truths About Love

Twenty-one Truths About Love

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"From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists. Daniel Mayrock's life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true: 1. He loves his wife Jill... more than anything. 2. He only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop a little (maybe more than a little) 3. Jill is ready to have a baby. 4. The bookshop isn't doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. Dan doesn't know how to fix it. 5. Dan hasn't told Jill about their financial trouble. 6. Then Jill gets pregnant. This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn't just want to save his failing bookstore and his family's finances: 1. Dan wants to do something special. 2. He's a man who is tired of feeling ordinary. 3. He's sick of feeling like a failure. 4. He doesn't want to live in the shadow of his wife's deceased first husband. Dan is also an obsessive list maker; his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan's hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he's willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781250103482
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 21 truths about love


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Nov 09, 2019

I found this book written solely in the form of lists to be compulsively readable. The lists were divided into chapters with recurring themes like the budget, shopping list, how to get out of debt, plans to commit a heist (facepalm), discovered nuggets of wisdom, texting conversations, and more. . . His list of items to share with his child had me misty-eyed and his Twenty-One Truths About Love included this gem at #1: "Real love means always being good enough in the eyes of the person who loves you most but never being good enough for them in your own eyes." Dan struggles and overcomes, but he has to ask for help! One of my favorite recurring themes was his growing relationship with Bill, a Vietnam Vet he meets at a bingo hall. A reminder that sharing our life between generations is a blessing not always given the appreciation it should. I also love, love, love the cover! My one disappointment in this book was the number of times the "F" word was dropped. For me to use that word in daily conversation, my house would have to be on fire. Just saying. . .


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