Reproduction is the Flaw of Loveby Lauren Grodstein
It's a Saturday morning in Brooklyn. Joel Miller, age twenty-eight, stands outside his locked bathroom door. Behind it are his girlfriend Lisa, a Dixie cup, and a pregnancy test. While she stalls for time, Miller is left in his hallway to wonder and wait: for the results of the test, for the pieces of his addled life to come together, for some kind of divine
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I'd read "A Friend of the Family" by this author and was not very impressed, but this novel sounded like something I'd be more interested in, so I gave it a try. If you're looking for a quick read that is also well-written, you'll enjoy this story. Characters feel real and the plot moves along smoothly. Satisfying ending as well.
I was surprised by this first time novel by Grodstein. I enjoyed her short stories on a recommendation from a friend and had heard the premise of this novel and wondered how she would be able to keep it all together. She did a remarkable job. Although the time that passes in the novel is just a few hours, Miller's history comes through using a number of flashbacks and catchy section headings. It was at times both funny and sad, and Grodstein's ability to write from a male's perspective was fascinating... (of course I am not a guy, so I have no idea what they think - but what she writes sounds pretty good). I would definitely recommend picking up this book, and look forward to another novel by this storyteller. And I love the title.