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"Love is blind." The truth of this cliché has never been more thoughtfully or movingly examined than in Crandell's debut novel. In today's world of Botoxed and surgically altered humanity, this refreshing tale of inward goodness and outward imperfection raises some troubling questions about how our experiences affect our appearance, and vice versa.
Holed up in north Georgia, the acne-riddled Hobbie lives a solitary existence. For years, he and his girlfriend, Kari (who weighs about as much as an NFL linebacker), have moved from town to town, avoiding ties with other people. But Kari has recently entered a weight-loss clinic, and in her absence, Hobbie is having trouble maintaining his anonymous existence.
Crandell weaves the funny and outrageous with the sad and disturbing. Hobbie's new life without Kari is quickly populated with quirky people and hilarious interactions. But as he reflects on his shared history with Kari, he's forced to consider that the consequences of such a past are more far-reaching than he'd ever allowed himself to think. (Holiday 2007 Selection)