The annals of love have recorded many a humiliating breakup over the years, but Alison Hopkins gets hit with a humdinger in this surprising, touching and hilariously deadpan debut novel. When she sends her live-in boyfriend Tom to the supermarket right before a dinner party, she figures the worst that can happen is that he’ll get the wrong mustard. Instead he calls from a pay phone to tell her he’s not coming back at all, because he’s fallen in love with his college sweetheart, Kate Pearce—with whom he’s been sleeping for five months. (Publishers Weekly). Ouch. What ensues is an over-the-top exploration of finding oneself when your life plans go awry. Some funny moments in this quick read but the characters are hard to feel for and the struggles are too forced. 2005, 256 pages.
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