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A Lover's Almanac

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Braving the mysteries of the heart's desire, Maureen Howard renders the heady madness of a first kiss while plumbing history, art, genetics, and astronomy to explore the inevitable morning-after question: Why do two people fall in love? The exhilarating flights and emotional depth of Howard's storytelling balance the fates of two young lovers in New York: Artie, a bastard, ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Viking Adult
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James Murphy
Howard's A Lover's Almanac is the first novel of a difficult tetralogy based on the 4 seasons. Big as Life: Three Tales for Spring, The Silver Screen, and The Rags of Time, the latter published last year, complete the series. By rereading the first 3 volumes before tackling The Rags of Time, I hope to remind myself of the themes Howard concentrates on as well as some characters who reappear. A Lover's Almanac takes place during the winter, though the actual dates of the novel begin on January 1s ...more
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New York in the year 2000

Artie (Arthur) O'Conner, a young computer wizard with a lofty I.Q. but no plans for the future, is obsessed with his past. Left an orphan when his flamboyant mother died, and never knowing who his father was, Artie rebelled against the safe life his grandparents gave him, and became an iconoclast and an outsider. He fails to listen to his beloved girlfriend Lou's advice: "Get serious". After making a terrible scene at a New Year's Eve party, Artie is banished , in disgra
Wonderful characters and wonderful writing. A style similar to Jonathan Lethem, but more mature and even in tone. Am sad that I came across this book completely by chance in the library stacks, whereas the publicity for Lethem's books has me reading them as they are published.
Read in undergrad - winner of Dos Passos Award
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Maureen Howard is the author of seven novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 'Facts of Life' is an award-winning autobiography. She is a 1952 Smith College alumnae and has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was recently awarded the Academy Award ...more
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