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An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
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Mar 31, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literary-fiction

I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a newly bereaved middle school science teacher whose children push him, at age 62, back into the dating world by publishing an ad in the personals columns of The New York Review of Books. Wolitzer's dialogue is, as always, crisp and believable, and she has a warm regard for her characters--something I value highly in a writer. In a way, I wish I could give this a 3.5 because it's not as solid a work as Penelope Lively's "How It All Began," to which I also gave four stars.

Nevertheless, I found this a compelling read and had a hard time putting it down. Edward's many missteps are believable and forgivable, and the side plot in which he tutors a recalcitrant boy by hooking him on worms was delightful.

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Angie Boyter I'll beVERY interested in seeing what you think!

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