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My dog committed suicide. Jilted jet-setter Portia Kane catches her wealthy pornographer husband in bed with a teenager. Rather than kill them both, her first plan, she decides to take off for her childhood home in South Jersey, seeking the one positive male role model in her life.
Unfortunately, her high school English teacher is a broken shell of a man. Undaunted, Portia decides to save him, with or without his active participation. The quote above is troublesome because it encapsulates the main problem in this novel of quirks-with-names: there is nothing vaguely realistic about any of it. Portia has a pornographer husband who looks just like Tom Selleck. Portia is continually referred to and refers to herself as a feminist, yet there is absolutely no reason presented why anyone would consider her such in fact, childlike is applied to her with great regularity.
Keep in mind, the woman in question is at least 40 and has been a wealthy socialite for the last decade and a half.
Jun 16, Love May Fail by Matthew Quick book review. Click to read the full review of Love May Fail in New York Journal of Books. Review written by.
This is just the beginning of a possible laundry list of disappointments encompassed in Love May Fail. The narrative is a morass of unbelievable coincidences, disjointed scenes, and characters worthy of an Adam Sandler movie.
Heroin junkies, some with a heart of gold and some not. Flavor-of-last-month mental disorder? Got it, in the hoarder mother. Many scenes seem to have been written for the visual impact of a movie without considering if a real person would do or say any of the things that happen or are said.
This is disappointing, because there are signs that Quick has talent. He does a nice job of creating distinct voices for each of his narrators, his scene changes are smooth, and there are a few bits of dialogue that are truly funny and insightful.
Most powerful is his characterization of Mr.Error rating book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Vernon, the teacher Portia sets out to save. The last few chapters are especially painful; in going for the Hollywood ending, Quick eviscerates the positive aspects of his novel.
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