The last of the three titles that I have read from this author – please read on for an excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the Blog Exclusive Giveaway where you can win your own eBook copy of the title from the publisher.
Probably my favorite of the three titles I have read from Filipacchi’s pen, this love farce presents a nice slice of the characterization that is so typically hers. Her characters are over-the-top, obsessive and neurotic, with a heavy dose of navel-gazing involved in their often convoluted reasoning. It is not important, nor is it even necessary, to find empathy with or like her characters: but readers will find little nuggets of insight into behavior and quirks that are familiar in friends, family and even selves in her books.
In this book, Lynn is a 30 something gallery owner with a severe case of ennui. She has a stalker, Alan, who displays all of the characteristics that make her jealous –she wants to desire something or someone enough to get involved and act, she just can’t do it. Alan, for his part, is utterly convinced Lynn is for him, and his own actions and determination to win her are obsessive and constant.
To kick-start her desire, Lynn decides to focus on Roland, another not-quite-ordinary character with his own issues. And Lynn’s focus on Roland throws Alan into a tailspin as he can’t see the attraction. Add to this yet another psychologically challenging character in the form of Ray – a homeless psychologist who has decided that these 3 characters will be an amusing case study, before he too is sucked into the relationship dynamics and dysfunction and you have a twisted tale of obsession and assumption with a not-so-healthy dose of deficient self-awareness and upended beliefs in the meaning of love and you get this twisty tale.
Utterly unique, this writing isn’t for anyone, part Seinfeld episode, part train wreck and wholly amusing, the twists, turns and clever use of double entendre and puns highlight perspectives and approaches to characters and people that is both fresh and insightful. You have to take this book as it comes, try not to apply your own brand of logic, and let the author’s words and skill slowly build your understanding.
Title: Love Creeps
Author: Amanda Filipacchi
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Open Road Integrated Media
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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At the age of thirty-two, Lynn Gallagher, a successful Manhattan gallery owner, suddenly finds herself wanting nothing. She has never before wanted nothing, and she misses wanting. No one around her wants nothing. She becomes envious of everyone who wants -- especially her stalker, Alan Morton, who wants her very badly. Because she envies Alan, Lynn decides to copy him. And that is why, thirty-seven minutes later, she starts stalking Roland Dupont.
Amanda Filipacchi's hilarious and provocative novel introduces us to a new kind of love triangle - in which passions are fluid, motives are dubious and the chance for a genuine connection is always breathing down your neck.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.