Thursday, July 1, 2010

Glover's Mistake

Glover's Mistake by Nick Laird (a.k.a. Mr. Zadie Smith) has been on my To Read list since it came out last year. I had read and enjoyed his first novel, and this one was no different. Laird seems to write really well about friendships between young, or young-ish, men in London. In this novel, David, a thirty-something, vaguely pathetic failed artist and current high school teacher reunites with a former art professor of his, a forty-something American artist. Just as he thinks a relationship with her is about to develop, he unwittingly sets her up with his roommate ("Glover" of the title), a twenty-something bartender. Attempts to sabotage their relationship ensue, as David is hurt not only by his own thwarted romance, but by the fading friendship between him and Glover. The characters here are nicely complex. I found myself alternating loving and hating them all in turn.

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