Offering an unusual spin on a love triangle plot, leadership consultant Wareham (How to Break Out of Prison) explores lies told in the name of obsessive love and corporate head-hunting. Australian Chancey Haste is a smooth-talking recruiter with a beautiful and supportive wife, two kids and a passion for expanding his eponymous firm. Then he becomes entranced with Elan Haverford, the stunning (and young) daughter of a New Zealand client, and after a brief but ardent pursuit, Chancey begins making regular trips to see her. His marriage holds up during the book's relatively lighthearted first half, and, after much poetry-quoting and love-making, his affair with Elan seems to end. When they meet again by chance, Chancey is living in New York, working in his firm's U.S. office, and Elan has a frumpy aristocratic husband from London in tow. Sparks fly despite the intervening years, but Elan refuses to rekindle the flame. Desperate to see her, Chancey decides to follow Elan to England on the pretense of a business trip, but his wife, who has known about the affair for some time, gives him the heave-ho. What Chancey finds in England is a sudden and terrible tragedy, redeemed barely, if at all, by Chancey's evolution from an unfaithful and often despicable fop to a man who finally understands what he's lost. Though Wareham employs too many disturbing dream sequences and his dialogue errs on the side of falsely snappy, his writing is assured throughout. As an exploration of the moral quandaries of head-hunting and the passionate heights of sensual love, this is a strange and intermittently affecting tale.
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"John Wareham possesses the cool, clear eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth." -- The New York Times
"Wildly entertaining ... dazzling ... brilliant ... showcases a full spectrum from the comedic to the sublime ... ranks among the finest novels ever." -- New York Observer
A beautifully written, deeply moving novel that chronicles a riveting psychological journey that sweeps the reader to a shattering catharsis. -- Bernard Berkowitz, co-author, How To Be Your Own Best Friend
A magnificent yarn ... funny and sexy ... profound and moving. Captures the conflicts and inner struggles so many upward strivers experience. -- Harry Levinson, Ph.D., author, Corporate Leadership in Action, Professor, Harvard Medical School.
Funny, sexy, surreal, captivating, brilliant--and the kind of thing that upsets the PC police. -- Nadine Strossen, national president, ACLU, and author of Defending Pornography
Hat's off to Chancey! The finest contemporary showcasing of the sonnet form, in my humble opinion. -- Professor Charles Defanti, author, The Wages of Expectation: the biography of Edward Dahlberg
Inspired--hilarious, whimsical, philosophically savvy. -- Kirkus Reviews
Profound, profane, funny and unputdownable . . . Chandler Haste himself is something new. -- Eli Noam, author of Interconnecting the Network of Networks
Stunning--ardent, strange and affecting. An exploration of moral quandaries from John Wareham, whose writing is assured throughout. -- Publishers Weekly
Superb--wildly entertaining and brilliantly relayed ... a literary bonbon that ranks among the finest novel ever. -- The New York Observer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.