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This witty but self-conscious epistolary novel starts with strangers groping each other in a coat closet and ends with the beginning of a relationship. Baggott (Girl Talk) and Almond (Candyfreak) join forces for "an extended power-flirt," conducted through the snail-mail correspondence between Jane and John, two 30-somethings who meet at a wedding and almost consummate their lust before John puts the brakes on, wondering if it might be the real thing. Jane reluctantly agrees to take it slow, so John returns to New York and Jane goes to Philadelphia, where they pen their respective confessions revealing their erotic and emotional experiences—they've both enjoyed a "past littered with regret." They are, in Jane's words, "two low grade Romantics. Tough but susceptible." By the time Jane and John meet again face-to-face in Hopewell, N.J., we know their backstories as well as their literary quirks. Sharp humor and insights into the modern psyche pervade the book, but not enough to make it add up to anything more than a pretense for hot scenes and spicy talk, a lot of sex and a little "low grade" romance. (May 5)
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Coauthored by pop-culture darlings Baggott and Almond, this is a surprisingly poignant and meaningful read. The epistolary novel is nothing new, but here the form seems fresh and intriguing. The two letter writers, Jane and John, meet at a wedding and decide to become each other's confidantes, confessing all the foibles and deep pains of their meaningful romantic relationships to the present. The letters that result are intense and emotional and reveal a dark and sad side to both love and sexuality for those finding themselves single in their thirties today. From relationships that seem to be little more than sexual fireworks to those that are so tender they border on schmaltzy, John and Jane tell each other all the things that they've found in their love lives. In the end, and not surprisingly, this unburdening becomes the crux of their own relationship--a no-baloney, no-holds-barred, show-me-your-soul roll in the emotional hay. No gimmick here, just a great story. Debi Lewis
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