Which Brings Me to You

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Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane’s lusty encounter at a friend’s wedding isn’t really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.

What follows is a series of ...

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Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane’s lusty encounter at a friend’s wedding isn’t really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.

What follows is a series of traded confessions—of their messy histories, their past errors, their big loves, their flaws, and their passions. Each love affair, confessed as honestly as possible, reveals the ways in which Jane and John have grown and changed—or not changed—over the years; the people they’ve hurt, the ones still bruised. The ones who bruised them. Where all of this soul-baring will take them is the burning question behind every letter—a question that can only be answered when they meet again, finally, in the flesh.

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Publishers Weekly
This witty but self-conscious epistolary novel starts with strangers groping each other in a coat closet and ends with the beginning of a relationship. Baggott (Girl Talk) and Almond (Candyfreak) join forces for "an extended power-flirt," conducted through the snail-mail correspondence between Jane and John, two 30-somethings who meet at a wedding and almost consummate their lust before John puts the brakes on, wondering if it might be the real thing. Jane reluctantly agrees to take it slow, so John returns to New York and Jane goes to Philadelphia, where they pen their respective confessions revealing their erotic and emotional experiences-they've both enjoyed a "past littered with regret." They are, in Jane's words, "two low grade Romantics. Tough but susceptible." By the time Jane and John meet again face-to-face in Hopewell, N.J., we know their backstories as well as their literary quirks. Sharp humor and insights into the modern psyche pervade the book, but not enough to make it add up to anything more than a pretense for hot scenes and spicy talk, a lot of sex and a little "low grade" romance. (May 5) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Two thirtysomething wedding guests, John and Jane, recognize a common edginess in each other, a spark of sameness and attraction, that leads them to an almost one-wedding stand on the floor of the coatroom. In the heat of the moment, John realizes that Jane might have something more interesting to offer than just a quick roll in the proverbial hay and proposes that they write each other, after they return to their respective hometowns. These letters would confess the regrets and wrong turns that each of them has made in their love lives so that when and if John and Jane meet again, they'll have wiped the slate clean and gained a complete understanding of each other's relationship patterns and expectations. What ensues is an exchange of letters usually titled by the boyfriend's or girlfriend's name under discussion. Once all is confessed, what is on the horizon for these two slightly broken romantics? The writing is piercing, funny, and emotional. Baggott (Girl Talk) and Almond's (Candyfreak) collaboration makes for a delightful and robust work that readers will not be able to put down as they savor every messy confession. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Beth Gibbs, Davidson, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Thirtysomethings meet, don't quite couple, then retreat into a steamy, increasingly revealing correspondence in this quirky epistolary novel. It's a collaboration between short-story writer Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal, 2001, etc.) and chick-lit author Baggott (The Madam, 2003, etc.). Their creations are John and Jane, who meet at a wedding, check each other out, then tumble into a coat closet, unbuttoning and panting, until he backs off, and they subsequently agree to become better acquainted by exchanging detailed "confessions" at a safe distance (she's in Philadelphia, he's in New York). The episodic results are sexy, funny and touching. In alternating chapters bridged by combative responses and queries, we learn of John's high-school romance with Rubenesque Jodi; a summer-camp-counseling fling extended into a lingering affair with an "older woman" (of 24); and gratifying dalliances with a Latina bombshell and a single mom who's also an accomplished pastry chef. Jane's confessions disclose a teenage relationship with Mohawk-bedecked Michael, a collegiate whirl with a semi-dashing (and clueless) rich guy ("It was like he was a country with his own anthem"), an affair with erotically versatile married swingers and engagement to a virtually perfect gentleman who won't open up and let her inside his world of guarded family secrets. Acting on the shared conviction that "Every famous case of love boils down to reckless honesty," they meet (literally) halfway, confront each other's evasions and hangups and seem ready for the closet again, as The Curtain Falls. All's well that doesn't end after all, and the contented reader anticipates (what both Jane and John would have wittily, mercilesslymocked) something very like a future for these two bright, screwed-up, engaging oddballs. Keen insights into sex, love and coming to terms with one's own unruly imperfections. A winner.
New York Times Book Review
“For Baggott, cosmic irony is always in the details, the absurd gap between self-knowledge and behavioral excess….[Her] brand of witty psychological observation is dark and corrosive….She has a knack for finding the oxymoronic in any situation.”
Houston Chronicle
“Almond is a brilliant craftsman. But more, he is a writer who knows us as well as we know ourselves.”
Entertainment Weekly
"The constant mix of sweet and sour, of heart-swelling romance and smart-ass banter is the official language of Modern Urban Singledom. The best-selling author duo (he of Candyfreak, she of Girl Talk) make fine use of the epistolary form—with a few funny postal mishaps lending a hip meta touch. Their couple's distinct voices and push-pull dynamic are terrifically engaging. A-"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565124431
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author


Julianna Baggott is the author of the bestseller Girl Talk, as well as The Miss America Family, The Madam, and a book of poems. She writes popular children’s books under the pseudonym N. E. Bode. She teaches at Florida State University.

Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poems—in publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetrope—and a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2007

    Dance of the Seven Veils

    This book caught my eye in an overseas airport. Looking, as always, for something absorbing to make a long, long trip more bearable, I thought 'Which Brings Me To You' might turn off the tape recorder in my own head and free me from my own introspection. It certainly did that! Sydney to LAX to Detroit to Portland, I was an eager audience for Jane and John's 'Dance of the Seven Veils.' These two thirty-somethings meet at a wedding and nearly have sex in the coat closet, then don't and decide to correspond instead. The premise may be unrealistic and the language overheated, but I never mind that in a book -- if you do, then choose something else to read. But if you ever went through that fervent dorm-room phase of trying to summarize yourself to someone who knows nothing of your history, you probably will wish you could have done it with as much wit, self-deprecation and inventiveness of language as Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond brought to this little piece. So seductive, the rhetorical substitution of part for whole, the desire to explain ourselves by explaining what we do and how we feel about it. Have you ever believed that if you could just find the right words, you could give your listener a perfect knowledge of yourself? (Can't happen!) And for that matter, have you ever thought that would be a good thing? Jane and John are looking for acceptance, or possibly absolution, and they seem to find it in each other. Meanwhile the reader is entertained by passages of unexpected language. Jane writes, 'I waited tables at Charles Village Pub and was under the mistaken impression that my life was a work of art... I don't think I have to state this but we weren't really artistes. We were PEZ dispensers with pink candy pop ideology.' And a similarly self-aware passage from John: 'It hadn't occurred to me, until just then, that Sunny might be interested in me. She was in this category of mother and suddenly she had slid into this seemingly-remote-but-actually-adjacent category of woman, sexual being, potential hoochie-coocher.' The reader might wonder at what point and through what agent did Jane and John have their epiphanies? Or you could just go with the flow and enjoy the imagery. Each letter offers a self-contained story and there is little sense of progression to the book, so once you understand the premise you can more or less pick it up anywhere. I recommend this book to any reader who loves an unusual turn of phrase and doesn't require a linear plot. Julianna and Steve, it must have been a fun book to write!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    amazing!

    Funny, sad and realistic stories about past lovers. It was very hard to put this book down! Highly recommend to all who have had a failed relationship...you'll mostly likely be able to relate to one of the ex-lovers either author write abouts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Why you should read this book

    Which Brings Me to You will make you laugh, will make you cry, will lift your spirit and break your heart. There is life in these pages, there is pain in these pages, there is love and lust. And isn't that what good fiction should be--a poignant reflection of life and reality? Baggott and Almond keep each other in check with Jane and John. It's hard not to see yourself in these characters. Read this book if you haven't. And if you have, pass it on.

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