I found A Complement of Lovers to be a very compelling story. The central characters and their individual journeys were very well defined and portrayed in such a way that kept your interest throughout the entire book. Rodney's search to resolve his undefined sexual feelings injects a mystery component that kept my attention to the end. This was more than a love story. It portrays the very human struggles of the human condition. I heartedly recommend the book and have ordered the next in the series. Can't wait for it to arrive!
Change of genre, from short stories to novel, not an easy task for a writer. In "Complement of Lovers", his first ever novel, he maintains same standards, set in his previous short stories books.
This great touching love story revolves around two characters Rodney and Meg and is about fascinating theater life of Sixties, on and off the stage. Rodney, a young man, is unable to resolve his dilemma, "What does he want in love" even after making several dates with different girls. Meg, a strong and confident young girl, my favorite character of this novel, despite facing hardships of life, stands tall.
Complement of Lovers is a unique, unusual and one of its own kind love story, looked slow in start but picked the pace soon and gripped me as I turned over page after page. In the end, I just felt being an audience in theater, watching this love story on stage. A great read for those who are always eager to read love stories.
If you're tired of getting your fix of the 1960s in just an hour a week on Mad Mad, this is the perfect book for you. Set in DC during the Camelot years, the book takes you deep into the world of the local theatre scene and deeper into the minds of the heroine - a woman with a mind of her own - and its anti-hero, a self-absorbed good guy who seems to just want to get laid but underneath is asking all the hard questions. It truly captures the feel of the era - set as it is not only at Arena Stage but also in the restaurants, nightclubs and jazz clubs of Washington DC, and gives terrific insight into the experiences of the times - now quaint and other-worldly. Further, it captures the scent of both the singles scene and the closeted lives of those who are not what they appear to be. A terrific read!
This novel, in its exquisitely detailed presentation of the 60s, as seen through the eyes of an unusual product of his times, is sometimes reminiscent of Rona Jaffe's work. Read through the lens of a modern reader, the characters' naivete does stretch credulity some, yet there is something endearing about the two main characters that leaves you wanting to know more about them. The book also offers an honest view of theatre from behind the curtain - from the points of view of actors who have small but important parts in various productions. Book reads at a steady clip and keeps you turning the pages.