From Publishers Weekly
A heady, slippery dramedy-lite of modern love and urban manners, ex-lawyer Delson's debut puts native New Yorker Maynard Gogarty, a not quite talented composer/filmmaker, in the path of hardworking Californian Jennica Green, who arrives in New York to be illustrious. Shifting back and forth over the period 2000–2002, this cleverly pieced together story draws on 35 first-person narrators—including friends, family, a macaw, dead ancestors and an emergency brake on the train—to chronicle Maynard and Jennica's shifting roles as potential spouses, schemers, arrestees and exes. Their relationship comes to a head, natch, in the aftermath of 9/11, as the lovers' families meet for the first time. It's gimmicky, but the surprising ways each narrator connects with Maynard and Jennica make for small delights, and the interplay among the voices works often enough. Maynard's blistering riffs on how grief is coopted postcatastrophe end up giving insight into his character, and Delson's prose shimmers when describing the magic and romance of falling in love in New York. (Sept.)
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New Yorker Maynard Gogarty, a wayward musician who has just sold rights to his art-house film, meets the introspective and resolute Jennica Green, a California transplant, on the subway in the summer of 2000. They shrug off the initial encounter, but when Jennica attends a screening of Maynard's eccentric film, the two plunge into a fervent relationship chronicled via an array of first-person narrators, including family members dead and alive, a hip-hop star, a Russian Israeli scam artist, and even a macaw. As the novel shifts in time and place, the narrators recount the churning, evolving relationship between the titular characters. Events culminate against the backdrop of September 11, coupled with a tense family gathering at a cabin in the Berkshires. Though at times the ruminations of secondary voices don't encompass the wistful peaks established through Maynard and Jennica's story, the varying narratives are effectively cohesive. Delson's clever debut is sharp and energetic, a highly original contemporary love story set against New York's invigorating urban landscape. Strauss, Leah
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