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Posted February 22, 2011
Highly Recommended - a Must-Read Debut Novel
Ralph Sassone's first book reveals an author with a knack for describing the human condition with originality and humor AND, most importantly, for writing a story that is enjoyable to read cover to cover. While the main thrust of the book is the unique relationship between Maize and Robbie, a whole host of interesting minor characters from places ranging from an Italian hotel to a suburban high school to a hyper-aggressive NYC real estate office each have a role to play in telling the story. It all makes for wonderful reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2011
Check out this WITTY novel!
I loved this novel! It's a spot on look at a talented, sensitive, under confident young woman, Maize, and her brainiac best friend, Robbie, and both of their misadventures with plenty of others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story in The Intimates gets told in three parts: first with high school senior Maize going on a college interview where she accidentally causes a humongous mix-up, then with college senior Robbie stalking his divorced father's pretty girlfriend through Rome, and then with adult Maize and Robbie dealing with bad housing, dead-end jobs and even worse love lives until they help one another move forward toward something better by the end.
All the way through, Sassone keeps you entertained and turning the pages, Maize and Robbie are great characters and portraits of the others in this novel (Maize nagging mother, Robbie's rich womanizing father, Maize and Robbie's lovers and employers) are terrific. This is one of those books that's very carefully crafted, with magnificent and profound passages, but also delightful to read and never a chore. I also have to give Sassone tons of credit for tackling the sort of familiar subject of straight women and their gay male friends in a fresh and new way. The Intimates is very sophisticated, insightful book about love and friendship, and it's so impressive it's hard to believe it's a first novel. I will definitely read whatever this author writes next.
Posted January 1, 2012
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