This novel should come with a warning. If you're looking for a good read, Living With Gusto is that. However, if you're looking for complete escapism--if complacency is your modus operandi and you don't want a story that will rock your proverbial boat--this book is not for you. An adroitly written story that carries the reader like a swiftly moving tide, Living With Gusto is, albeit surreptitiously, a challenge to the reader unlike any novel I've read. I couldn't help but echo the questions that Ophelia posed to Gusto. She brought to life the very questions I've so often asked myself and even those I've never been able to put into words. And I couldn't help but stop, contemplate and digest, not always easily, Gusto's answers. This book is one of those very rare books that I'll go back to time and time again. The messages, delivered in beautiful prose amidst real life experiences, transcend pure fiction and lift both the novel and the reader. It is what great literature should accomplish--leave the reader better off for having partaken of the story.