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Based on Jaffe's real-life romance with his wife, this debut novel proves that truth is cuter than fiction-regrettably so. Literary agent Annie Hollerman is in her mid-40s, a refugee from dead-end relationships and a promising newspaper career that ended in minor scandal when she was in her mid-20s. Journalist Jack DePaul, a 50-something Harrison Ford type, yearns for the fiery enthusiasm of his youth. A friend introduces them over e-mail, and after a blind date the two begin a passionate if cautious flirtation. Composed largely of Jack's missives, the book reads almost like his journal, with plenty of immediacy and in-the-moment energy, but little drama. There's a voyeuristic giddiness to the reader's enjoyment of Jack and Annie's letters, e-mails and phone calls, but the story of their affair has all the suspense of a nursery rhyme. At one point a psychic tells Annie she will meet a man surrounded by words. She can't believe it. The reader can. Only one brief moment of conflict threatens the lovers' happiness. At a business meeting, Jack's old girlfriend finds his e-mails to Annie and, in a fit of jealousy, tells Annie that Jack wrote the same e-mails to her. Fortunately, Jack happens to be editing a story about former reporters, and his writer needs to interview Annie. Before the reader has a chance to fret, Annie and Jack forgive each other and are reunited. This novel has the allure of familiarity, but there's little else to recommend it. Foreign rights sold in Germany and Italy.
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When we first meet Annie Hollerman, she's a talented young reporter rising quickly up the ranks. Pressured to meet an impossible deadline, she resorts to plagiarism and is fired. Eighteen years later, 44 and divorced, Annie is running a literary agency in D.C. Her friend Laura, reporter and fervent matchmaker, gives Annie's e-mail address to her 50-ish boss, Jack DePaul. The ensuing relationship is chronicled in their e-mails: clever repartee gradually develops into longer missives in which Jack rewrites Annie's past, creating romantic, highly visual imaginings that Annie loves. "I need to erase that Canada trip," she writes him, "take me someplace exotic." A "thief of words," he transports her on magic-carpet rides to the jungles of Mexico, or the slow train to Bangkok, while she, in turn, makes him laugh again. But, of course, everything is too perfect--the plagiarism incident comes back to haunt Annie, and Jack's jealous ex-lover strives to intervene. Packed with juicy newspaper gossip and literary in-jokes, Jaffe's novel is perfect for savoring on a lazy day. Deborah Donovan
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While the author's style is inoffensive and carries the reader along from page to page, ther's little substance lurking beneath. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by kidsncatsndogs
I borrowed this book from my local library and am about to buy one of my own. Reason? There is so much poety of language in this book - sentences and phrases that leap out and echo... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by NNB
I am a mystery writer. I read mysteries, not romances or love stories, but I think I know a good one when I read it. Read morePublished on May 28 2003
This is the perfect book for a long, boring plane ride. You won't be able to stop reading it and you'll be sorry when you land if you haven't finished it. Read morePublished on May 13 2003
I'm a fan of novels about journalism, about fate-twisting romances, and about colorful characters. This one has it all. Read morePublished on May 13 2003
Clearly, the person writing the mean review has never felt the sort of deep-seated love found in John Jaffe's first book. They're just jealous. Read morePublished on May 12 2003
Anyone who doesn't like this book has forgotten those magic summer days that went on forever and the first time you rolled in free fall down a hill - the story is magic,... Read morePublished on May 12 2003
This elegantly written page-turner is a must-read for anyone over 40 or others who wish to understand them. It is pure pleasure to read. Read morePublished on April 30 2003