The Romantic (Paperback)

Author: Gowdy, Barbara

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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.

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Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312423247
SKU 36264189
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312423241
Release Date 4/23/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Praise
"Somewhat reminiscent of LEAVING LAS VEGAS, but Gowdy's version of booze-thwarted love shows considerably more complexity, and her focus is squarely on the survivor."
"[Barbara Gowdy is] an especially adroit writer about childhood....The book's plot proved so inert that I found myself bored not just sometimes but pretty often.....Even so, I had to admire Gowdy's elegant structure....By resisting the bossy tug of plot, Gowdy finds plenty of time to notice those unimportant-to-the-world details that make her writing so lovely."
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Annotation Louise has loved Abel since they were kids together in Toronto. But his family moves away, and the two are not reunited again until years later, when they get together briefly--resulting in Louise's pregnancy. He rejects her, she has an abortion, and when her mother dies, she hooks up with Abel again, only to find he is, by now, a self-destructive alcoholic. A New York Times Notable Book for 2003.
Editors Note The author of The White Bone offers readers a peek into the fictional life of Louise Kirk, a woman whose near lifelong obsession with the boy from across the street--now a man who is incapable of loving her as much as she loves him--is destroying her life. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 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.
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Number of Pages 0305
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