Thursday, May 25, 2006

50. "Which Brings Me to You" ~ Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott

Jane picks John out at a wedding, the one who stands back with his hands in his pockets during the garter toss. John sees Jane and thinks, "Nice ass." They meet on the golf course and proceed into the coatroom for the obligatory one night stand.

Except it doesn't happen. Instead, John stops them. He asks that they write each other letters admitting their greatest love disappointments.

Sure, I'll go along with this. Especially when it's flavored with Almond and Baggott.

This is the "He Said, She Said" of writing. The chapters flow back and forth as the letters flitter across the months. As Jane notes, we find out as much about the person through the telling of the tale, as the story itself.

The novelty soon wears off and the climax is tense enough to break 44-lb. fishing line. Gimmick, yes. Good writing, fortunately, also a yes. Worth buying? No.

3.0 out of 5.0 Miami Showers.

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