$27.00ISBN: 9780593191385Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Riverhead Books - September 29th, 2020
An oddly appealing love story in which a woman of 42, lively and attractive yes, but undeniably mature, a mother of two and the chair of the English Department in a low income school, falls for a young man of 22 who babysits her boys. Hornby’s dialogue, whether internal or actual, is as funny as it is discerning. Consequently the way this improbable couple do and do not manage to grope their way across racial and cultural lines, not to mention a yawning generational gap (his own mother is exactly his new “girlfriend’s” age) makes for a light and witty yet surprisingly revelatory tale. As the pair trek their way over a series of interesting and often enormously amusing obstacles, they at first see the flaws inherent in the dissimilar ways their respective generations and classes view everything from sex to books to Brexit. But then, pulled into the other’s point of view by affection, each is forced to examine his or her own attitudes—the perfect recipe for social comedy and for a wise and wryly humorous read.