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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Q: A Novel by Evan Mandery

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062015834
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Fiction  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

“Q, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, is the love of my life.”

Shortly before his wedding, the unnamed hero of this uncommon romance is visited by a man who claims to be his future self and ominously admonishes him that he must not marry the love of his life, Q. At first the protagonist doubts this stranger, but in time he becomes convinced of the authenticity of the warning and leaves his fianc√Če. The resulting void in his life is impossible to fill. One after the other, future selves arrive urging him to marry someone else, divorce, attend law school, leave law school, travel, join a running club, stop running, study the guitar, the cello, Proust, Buddhism, and opera, and eliminate gluten from his diet. The only constants in this madcap quest for personal improvement are his love for his New York City home and for the irresistible Q.

A unique literary talent, Evan Mandery turns the classic story of transcendent love on its head, with an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.

My Review:       

I think I have been waiting for a book out of my comfort zone. August has been a slow month for me. I’m not ashamed to say that I have been in a reading/reviewing rut. This was completely different and so interesting that I think it may have succeeded in breaking me out of it.

The story is told from the viewpoint of a nameless man called “I” who is desperately in love with a woman called Q but a future version of “I” told him that in order to be happy, he must not marry Q. He is then confronted by many more future selves advising him to change various aspects of his life in order to have a happy future. See…different. It is like nothing I have ever seen before and I totally could not put it down.

I started reading this book with no expectations other than I thought the cover was pretty. Superficial yes but that was all I had. I found myself completely sucked in by the story and the premise. I mean who wouldn’t be? The idea of it is interesting but reading it is an experience. I also loved the writing style and the storytelling. I didn’t think it would work as well as it did but it really was a great read. I did have a couple of moments of disinterest but that’s likely because I was trying to go off the caffeine-didn’t work by the way. I also have to say that the ending kicked my butt just a little—but I will resist spoiling (even though I love spoilers for myself).


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

1 comment:

  1. I've been hearing great things about the ending and it's got me really intrigued!

    So glad it turned out better than you expected. Thanks for being on the tour.



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