Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Why we love no matter what...
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Contemporary Women's Fiction
With wry candor and tender humor, acclaimed novelist Ayelet
Waldman has crafted a strikingly beautiful novel for our
time, tackling the absurdities of modern life and reminding
us why we love some people no matter what.
For Emilia Greenleaf, life is by turns a comedy of errors
and an emotional minefield. Yes, she's a Harvard Law grad
who married her soul mate. Yes, they live in elegant comfort
on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But with her
one-and-only, Jack, came a stepson-- a know-it-all
preschooler named William who has become her number one
responsibility every Wednesday afternoon. With William,
Emilia encounters a number of impossible pursuits-such as
the pursuit of cab drivers who speed away when they see
William's industrial-strength car seat and the pursuit of
lactose-free, strawberry-flavored, patisserie-quality
cupcakes, despite the fact that William's allergy is a
figment of his over-protective mother's imagination.
As much as Emilia wants to find common ground with William,
she becomes completely preoccupied when she loses her
newborn daughter. After this, the sight of any child brings
her to tears, and Wednesdays with William are almost
impossible. When his unceasing questions turn to the baby's
death, Emilia is at a total loss. Doesn't anyone understand
that self-pity is a full-time job? Ironically, it is only
through her blundering attempts to bond with William that
she finally heals herself and learns what family really means.
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