Love and Other Hazards is a novel about urban singles stumbling toward fulfillment in an odyssey of sex, love, and parenting.
Glenda Fieldston is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her seven-year-old daughter, Astrid, when Eugene Lerman comes walking by with his eight-year-old daughter, Meredith, a schoolmate of Astrid’s. The families spot each other, Glenda and Eugene engage in long-range cursory assessments, and then they go their separate ways.
But not for long. Glenda and Eugene cross paths professionally soon after, and circumstances at work bring them into close association. So begins a friendship fraught with complications. Glenda’s independence is self-imposed and fierce. Eugene’s was foisted on him by a wife who left him. Although Glenda’s and Eugene’s personal demons are incompatible, their longings are, confoundedly, in harmony. Their cautious friendship is further inhibited by past and present relationships, and it remains to be seen if they can break out of their set ways to make a break for uncharted love.
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Love and Other Hazards by Claudia Riess. This book starts right in with adult situations although it's a little girl that is crawling all over a male unclothes statue. Mother is there and uses it as a learning experience. There is also a man there with his little daughter and they realize both the kids go to the same school. The adults are not compatible but they are thrown together at work. Enjoyed learning about Russian foods at dinner and how the words are defined. Didn't care for how some will have sex with others although seeing another. It's just the way I was brought up. This is NY and you can feel the atmosphere of the locations of where each live. Misunderstandings occur and men are mishandled. Discussing who the father is having sex with is just not my idea of a family talk. Sex itself doesn't really show they care much for the other as it's more an animal instinct to have sex. There are a lot of characters and I got easily confused as to who was who.
Wonderful Book. Loved the plot, the characters and writing terrific.