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The Marriage of True Minds Paperback – May 1, 2008
Intrusion: A Novel
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"Evans demonstrates his playwright's mastery of dialogue and tension in his accomplished and whimsical first novel about love and the bizarre behavior it ignites." --Publishers Weekly
"...playwright Stephen Evans delivers in his debut novel an oddly serious message that has little to do with saving the world and is more of a reminder to save ourselves." --LA Times
Stephen Evans’ first novel, A Marriage of True Minds, is a funny, poignant, oddly beautiful book about three divergent life formsanimals, people, and lawyers. You will love it if you read it with a true mind.”Kinky Friedman
[An] accomplished and whimsical first novel about love and the bizarre behavior it ignites.”Publishers Weekly
Evans writes throughout with a sense of refreshing humor, and the snappy repartee between the two leads is also very funny. But beneath this slim volume packed with a lot of heart and humor lurks a very real question: Is Nick really delusional?”ForeWord Magazine
"Poignant and outrageous, moving and profound, Evans' delectable novel thrums with zesty dialogue and a memorably zany cast of irresistible characters."Booklist
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The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans
If you are looking for a book to take with you on vacation this is for you. Or if you simply want to read a charming novel filled with surprises this book is for you. Or if you are the kind of reader who wanders into a drug store or super market and grabs any book just because you want something to read and don't care what it is, you will have a most enjoyable read if you pick this one.
Not only will you read a delightful story but you will truly enjoy the two protagonists who dominate it. The book has great dialog and it moves very fast. However, you will find that you need to know Puccini, law references, and an overall knowledge of animal welfare as it is practiced in too many communities today. You will also learn some of the geography of Minneapolis.
Starting with the initial prank of putting 150 lobsters into the Mayor's swimming pool, having prepared the water with tons of salt, until the very end of the story, The Marriage of True Minds will keep you on your toes. And the humor is such that you will laugh at something on almost every page.
The characters are real, drawn well and without a lot ot description to take away your first impression. The hero, if he can be called that, is certainly attractive although he is slightly off his rocker and admits it. The heroine works hard to help him in his recovery. Any more revelations would spoil the book for you.
Read this and enjoy. I have read it cover to cover twice and shall probably read it again in case I have missed any of the wonderful nuances in the repartee.
This is the perfect summer book. it allows you to relax yet it tells a great story and holds your attention all the way through. Read and enjoy.
The strength of the novel (perhaps novella? It's quite short) comes from its quirky cast of characters. Nick is spontaneous and full of love - for the Earth, his e-wife, animals, his puppet Sancho, his fellow men - but he creates the world to suit his tastes and needs, whether by dressing Lena in couture that perfectly complements his own signature pinstripe suits (custom-fitted in Italy) or reshaping past events to make a better story. It's difficult to be sure of his sanity but Nick's choices are intended for the good of all (in his own mind). His doctor, Oscar, loves comic books (but only well-used, beat-up and severely deteriorated copies will do) and believes that all knowledge can be gleaned from the pages of DC and Marvel. With his own sense of playfulness running strong, Oscar makes the perfect watchdog-playmate for Nick. Toss in a judge straight off of daytime TV and Lena's mouthy assistant Sharon and situations explode. The more ludicrous the scene, the funnier the book becomes.
While The Marriage of True Minds is certainly a love story, it is also a condemnation of humanity's habit of getting rid of anything inconvenient.Read more ›
Lawyers Nick and Lena are the titular couple in THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS. On a whim, law school student Lena enrolled in Nick's environmental law course, and by term's end, the two had fallen head-over-heels in love. After they married, Lena joined Nick's law firm, and the two became crusaders for human and environmental rights. In time, Nick's seemingly tenuous grasp on reality unraveled, as did his marriage to Lena. When Nick's increasingly erratic behavior became too much for Lena to bear, the two divorced; she bought out his half of the house and firm, and set up a bank account for his living expenses...which he promptly squandered on a "guerilla activist" prank involving 144 lobsters, the mayor's swimming pool and the Minnesota Zoo.
In addition to costing him upwards of $250,000, Nick's latest eco-prank is also threatening his very freedom. Enter Lena, who agrees to defend him in court - against her new beau, one Preston Winter. (Awkward!) Without revealing too much of the plot, suffice to say that the brilliant Lena succeeds in saving Nick from both jail and psychiatric commitment - that is, if he can manage to complete his court-ordered community service and mandatory counseling without incident. Given that the volunteer work is to take place at the local animal shelter, Nick's chances don't look good.
Throughout it all, the long-suffering Lena is appointed Nick's supervisor/guardian by the court, further complicating their already complicated relationship. Since theirs is a marriage of true minds (and Preston is kind of a tool), you'll be rooting for Nick all the way.Read more ›
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This never showed up on my device. Have had trouble downloading things recently. Was wondering if money paid for this could be refunded. Thank youPublished 15 days ago by sassy123
I simply loved this book and bought a second copy for a friendPublished 22 months ago by Diana Bergeron
Can't believe this is a first novel! Well written and a story well told. Had me laughing out loud!Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
the production company sin timore has picked a winner in optioning this novel
to put on the screen
and it will brilliantly showcase stana katic starring as lena
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I liked the book a lot. It was poignant, romantic and I loved the clipped back and forth dialogue I could have sworn it was written by one of the writers of my favorite tv show. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Nory DG
There's very few times when two people are so perfect, yet so very wrong to each other.
The path and journey travelled by the two leads, which shows us that with true love,... Read more
This is a great read. Quick but filled with insight. Great characters, meandering plot, great dialogue.
I first read it as a library book, but have since purchased it. Read more
This humorous, touching novel about former marriage and law partners Nick and Lena Graves is a quick read. Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Indian Prairie Public Library
In his debut novel, Stephen Evans presents an engaging, touching, and very funny look at relationships (marriage in particular), and also makes a strong, though not heavy-handed,... Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by M. Norkin