Seven Loves is an elegantly crafted novel that tells the story of a woman whose nature is changed by -- and revealed through -- the seven individuals she has loved. Trueblood's protagonist is May, a working mother and wife. Readers learn all about May in each of the stages of her life, from her girlhood to her later years as an elderly widow. But rather than telling May's story chronologically, Trueblood organizes her debut into seven chapters, each exploring one of the loves of May's life. It's an innovative structure that illuminates not merely events but the people who have helped make May the woman she is.
In seemingly random order, we read about May's interactions with her husband, her daughters, her tragic son, her mother, a coworker, and a man with whom she has an affair. And we gradually come to understand -- and even love -- the white-haired woman sitting in a coffee shop who inhabits the opening pages. A poet as well as a fiction writer, Trueblood has a flair for understated writing that's all the more masterful for its simplicity. An artful study of character and life, it will leave readers with a sense of wonder about the loves of their own lives, and the way they have helped shape who they are, and who they are yet to become. (Fall 2006 Selection)