Love in the Present Tense

Love in the Present Tense

by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a moving novel about the bond between a five year old abandoned by his mother and the man who raises him. After accidentally killing a police office five years ago, Pearl has managed to protect her bright, frail young son Leonard from her violent past. Then one day, Pearl drops him off with their neighbor Mitch, and never returns. Mitch is far from the ideal caretaker--he’s having an affair with a client’s wife--but he and Leonard must find a way to bridge the gap between them as they bond as parent and child.Gritty but big-hearted, Love in the Present Tense is an inspiring story of love and the surprising forms it can take.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307386892
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2007
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 201,581
File size: 478 KB

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is a critically acclaimed novelist and award-winning short story writer. She is the author of more than forty published stories, the story collection Earthquake Weather and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and the new Walter's Purple Heart. The national bestseller Pay It Forward was adapted into a major Warner Brothers feature film starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense"). Electric God and Walter's Purple Heart are also optioned for film and in development.www.cryanhyde.com


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Love in the Present Tense 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so wonderful. At first i didn't know if I would get into it but the book grabbed my heart. The characters were so real and the book deeply moves you thoughout. I would highly recommend this book. It's not only a good book --- it's a good learning experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some author's names on a dust jacket will immediately catch my attention - one such name is Catherine Ryan Hyde. For this reader/listener, Funerals for Horses and Pay It Forward were imaginative, can't-put-down stories that revealed workings of the human heart. She write with authority and perception, always telling a tale that holds deeper meanings. Listeners to this audio edition read by a gifted ensemble cast will find themselves pondering the importance, the meaning of family and the transcendental quality of love. The narrative is propelled by each of three voices as Pearl, Leonard and Mitch offer their perspective on what life has brought to them. In the beginning it seems as if Pearl never has a chance. Her mother is a drug addict and Pearl becomes pregnant at 13. Not only does she become pregnant but on that same night she accidentally kills her child's father. So begins a life on the run as she tries to protect her son, Leonard, who is born with an eye disease and preternatural wisdom. As fate or luck would have it when Leonard is five their neighbor is Mitch, a young man who operates a home business. The boy is left in his care while Pearl works. However, one day Pearl does not come home leaving Leonard to wonder if there really is such a thing as 'forever love' as his mother had promised, and Mitch to try to adapt to his new role as a quasi parent. As always, Hyde tugs on heartstrings as she tells this story of three needy people with poignancy and insightfulness. - Gail Cooke
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Leonard is not conceived in love but in the lust of a young police officer wanting to bed an underage girl. When it¿s over, Pearl, Leonard¿s mother, goes into kitchen to make coffee. She sees that the cop¿s wallet has fallen out his pocket onto the floor. Just as she straightens after picking up the wallet the man walks in. Pearl is scare because she believes he¿ll think she¿s trying to steal money out of his wallet. She picks up his gun to protect herself. He tells her if she needs money he¿ll give it to her. She doesn¿t believe him so when he walks towards her, she shoots him dead¿she runs. Pearl, never knew love because her drugged out prostitute mom is in and out of jail and so is the woman who Pearl lives with. Pearl learns the interlude has left her pregnant. She pledges that her child will always know he¿s loved. Leonard at age four is looking out the window and sees his next-door neighbor Mitch and begins a friendship. Mitch becomes Leonard¿s new babysitter. Just when Pearl begins to believe she and Leonard are safe and life has taken on a new meaning, the dead cop¿s partner pulls up besides her and motions her to get into the car. These are just a few of the circumstances that happen in the story but the story is really about unconditional love. Pearl gave Leonard unconditional love and Leonard gave and taught it to Mitch and others around him. Love in the Present Tense is a story waiting to be read and should be read by everyone who enjoys a good story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leonard is not conceived in love but in the lust of a young police officer wanting to bed an underage girl. When it¿s over, Pearl, Leonard¿s mother, goes into kitchen to make coffee. She sees that the cop¿s wallet has fallen out his pants onto the floor. Just as she straightens after picking up the wallet, the man walks in. Pearl is scare because she believes he¿ll think she¿s trying to steal money out of his wallet. She picks up his gun to protect herself. He tells her if she needs money he¿ll give it to her. She doesn¿t believe him so when he walks towards her, she shoots him dead¿she runs. Pearl, never knew love because her drugged out prostitute mom is in and out of jail and so is the woman who Pearl lives with. Pearl learns the interlude has left her pregnant. She pledges that her child will always know he¿s loved. Leonard at age four is looking out the window and sees his next-door neighbor Mitch and begins a friendship. Mitch becomes Leonard¿s new babysitter. Just when Pearl begins to believe she and Leonard are safe and life has taken on a new meaning, the dead cop¿s partner pulls up besides her and motions her to get into the car. These are just a few of the circumstances that happen in the story but the story is really about unconditional love. Pearl gave Leonard unconditional love and Leonard gave and taught it to Mitch and others around him. Love in the Present Tense is a story waiting to be read and should be read by everyone who enjoys a good story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about having dignity and the meaning of giving and wanting unconditional love. Leonard will touch your heart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It has lots of 'life lessons' if you want to think while you read. If not, there is still an interesting story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attempted to read this book, but immediately was offended by the consistent use of foul language and returned it to the bookstore in exchange for a different book.