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Patrick O'Neil spends his days avoiding clients at the travel agency he works for and his nights avoiding his safe, but passionless romance with his lover Arthur. A tale of doing what you want to do as opposed to what you're supposed to do, McCauley's comedy is filled with longing and truth.
Vogue Charm may be the hardest of all qualities to pin down on paper, but The Easy Way Out has it brimming from every page....McCauley has an impeccable ear for the language of family squabbles and a consummate understanding of the small pleasures and guilts that inform love. Right up to its bittersweet end, The Easy Way Out provokes numerous smiles and repeated flashes of recognition.
Detroit News It's hard to resist the lovable folks in McCauley's The Easy Way Out...a wonderfully odd and heartrending collection of people, these more or less lost souls trying to figure out their lives and loves...Quirky, complicated and often hilarious, Stephen McCauley's people are, in the end, just like you and me. Read The Easy Way Out and see just how easy it is to fall in love with them.
Posted June 27, 2005
Brilliant comes to mind quickly with this novel of people's lives and how they intertwine so perfectly. I rarely laugh out loud while reading a novel, but this one broke the norm. My partner frequently pointed out my laughter even though I wasn't aware I was laughing out loud. I cannot recommend this more. You'll laugh, cry, and be convinced that the novel should never end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.