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Two Guys from Verona by James Kaplan
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Jan 08, 09

Read in June, 1999

Kaplan's story revolves around two high school friends whose lives enter a period of tremendous flux and introspection after they attend their 25th reunion. Joel, a seemingly down-and-out sub-shop employee, learns to let go of his own ubiquitously haunting past. His best friend Will, a "successful" business man, learns to stop living for an uncertain future and to embrace the past, which he has tucked away and made every effort to forget.

The main characters are full and well-rounded, however Kaplan's book feels incomplete to me. He does an excellent job showing how people try to insulate themselves in the protective shell of suburbia, but he also introduces a lot of peripheral characters that go absolutely nowhere.
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