I'll be honest, I'm not necessarily into books that describe old people in a somewhat sad state of love, but this book does a fantastic job. In a sense, there are two stories going on. One an unrealistic but hilarious satire of both New York and of professional writers, where John Updike and others play a significant role in the plot. The other is an underlying theme of love between two mismatched individuals, one who desires greatness and the other who desires equality for those without greatness. The Main character, unable to write more books, takes up a job as an advice columnist named "Mr. Blue" and writes some amazingly clever and witty responses to some of the individuals who write to him. All the while he grows both further apart and closer to his wife, who remains in Minnesota I promise you that this book is not what you'd expect. It was very enjoyable, extremely witty and imaginative and worth the time.