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Love's favors and flavors well-told

  • Feb 8, 2012

There’s a particularly French style of literature—introspective, slightly detached, deeply rational… I’m not quite sure what the right word is to describe it, but I found myself thinking of recent French novels I’ve read—Elegance of the Hedgehog, and O3—when I started Carolyn Moncel’s 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover. The title, of course, evokes memories of the Paul Simon song, though the reasons for leaving might easily boil down to five, as the back of the book explains, “abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death.”
Originally from Chicago, and having moved to Lausanne, Switzerland via Paris, France, the author brings an international flavor to her characters and locations. A novella with chapter titles such as “Set yourself free, Ellery,” and “Maybe vacate, Kate,” examines the broken relationships of a love triangle from multiple points of view, all well-thought-out and convincingly explained. But my favorite story in this collection is a short called “Maybe in Death, Beth,” which recreates a lifetime of love without a hint of rose-colored spectacles or hate. Or maybe I like the dog best…
Varied characters and varied points of view characterize these tales. The reader is carried deep into each character’s thoughts and emotions, and the rough waves of love wash on several different shores as the stories progress. It’s an intriguing collection—not my favorite writing style, but very effective and consistent and well-suited in its intimate detachment to the telling of wounded affection. I’d certainly be interested in reading the author’s other short stories, and her novel, Geneva Nights, coming in fall 2012.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author, all the way from Switzerland, in exchange for my honest review.

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"...A wonderful author...If you like short stories, or novellas, then please grab a copy of the wonderfully talented Carolyn Moncel's book. It's worthy of the 5 star rating..."--ReadersFavorite.com

"...Each story found in5 Reasons to Leave a Loveris interesting on its own. If you're looking for something different, this is a book that I would suggest."4/5 Cups--Coffee Beans and Love Scenes Reviews

"5 Reasons to Leave a Lover is...not your typical chick-lit, instead it explores love and loss in very touching stories...Overall, this collection of short stories is an enjoyable read, especially if you are looking to fill a quiet, rainy afternoon."--Mom Reads My Books

"...5 Reasons to Leave a Lover" is an excellent pick for those looking for romance that touches on the sad fate that many of the romances meet..." 5 Stars--Midwest Book Review
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ISBN-10: 1456339273
ISBN-13: 978-1456339272
Publisher: CreateSpace

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