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448 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published May 1, 2001
“This does not sound like lust.”
“This sounds like luv.”
Gabe poured the last of the beers and said, "What shall we drink to?"
Nell looked around and said, "Good grief. Drink to me. I just realized I've slept with everybody at this table."
Whitney tried to share a superior eye-roll with Tim, but he was still staring at Nell. She turned back to Nell and leaned across the table to her, looking condescending and amused. "That's really wild of you. Three men in, what? Fifty years?"
Die, bitch, Suze thought, and said, "And me." She held up her hand, and all three men turned to her on the instant, leaving Whitney with no audience at all. Suze beamed on the table impartially. "She's a terrific kisser.”
He picked up her resume. “Why did you leave your last position?”The traditional start to this romantic caper is a camouflage. The story unfolds like a crossroad, leading in several nontraditional directions at once, all interlinked by their inventive creator, Crusie. It’s a comedy, so funny at times I couldn’t read because I laughed too hard. It’s a thrilling mystery with a number of frozen corpses, hidden boxes, and mysterious villains. It’s a story of female friendship and collector china. And above all, it’s a love story: it explores how love starts, how it matures, and how it ends.
“My boss divorced me.”
“That would be a reason,” he said, and began to read.
I swear, Jennifer Crusie keeps climbing higher and higher up my favorites shelf. Her dialogue! And characters. Good is way better than perfect, and bad is often better than both. People are screwy and screwed up and grumpy and complicated and funny and noble in the weirdest ways. There are some real nuggets of wisdom here, and not the trite kind. The kind that come from the mixed-up, messy realities of life. If you can do that and then put bodies in freezers and make me laugh out loud, I’m in.
“She means well.”
“Which is about the worse thing you can say about anybody,” Riley said.