Glover's Mistake: A Novel

Glover's Mistake: A Novel

by Nick Laird
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Glover's Mistake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlucky at love, 30-something English teacher David Pinner falls hard for Ruth Marks, a former art teacher whose work is on display at a local gallery. Unfortunately, before he can even make his feelings known, she falls hard for his much younger roommate, James. The two have an almost immediate mutual attraction that quickly escalates to a marriage proposal, and David is quickly reduced to third wheel and chum to the happy couple. David, for his part, is not happy to step aside, and plots to plant a few choice seeds that just might tear the couple apart. Ruth is old enough to be James' mother and David uses that to plant doubt about his maturity and ability to commit to one woman. Ruth has been married multiple times and has had a few lesbian relationships in the past and David uses her close friendship with a past female lover to fan the flames of jealousy within James. He clings hopefully to the premise that when they break up, he will be that strong shoulder for Ruth to cry on and, ultimately, to turn her affections. I enjoyed this novel very much, particularly with Laird's uncanny ability to communicate the subtleties of language and gestures and how they can create a shift in how any given character can feel about his place in a group. One minute you are fitting in, and feeling loved and admired. Then with the raise of an eyebrow or with a simple cutting remark, you find yourself on the outside looking in, wondering if you were ever "in" with this group in the first place. My only disappointment happened with the end of the book. I felt as though the last pages were building to a huge climax--the image driven home with James' running harder and faster toward home--but it didn't really happen. However, this was a good story, all in all, and David's second disappointment with another potential girlfriend seemed fitting. I'll watch for more by this author.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Deceit, betrayal, and misunderstandings comprise the heart of this novel about two roommates and a woman who they both find attractive. Cleverly written as to show how friendships can easily unravel, this tale of London life disappoints only when the author intrudes on his own story to demonstrate his worldly knowledge and cynicism. Had he let his characters speak for him without his need to intrude, this would be a five star novel.