Love, EtcBook - 2000
In Talking It Over, stolid and conventional Stuart was best friends with charming and glamorous Oliver. Veering wildly between them was Gillian, the enigmatic beauty who married Stuart and then promptly fell in love with Oliver. In Love, etc Barnes returns to the lives of these unreliable "eyewitnesses." And as in Talking It Over, he allows each character to talk directly to the reader, offering arguments for their version of the truth. Ten years later, Gillian and Oliver are married with two children. Gillian is successful (she runs a thriving art restoration business); Oliver is not. The family lives in a ramshackle neighbourhood of London. Stuart, recently returned from the US, is wealthy, divorced (again) and the successful owner of a chain of organic grocery stores. On the surface he appears to have only a benign interest in the fate of Oliver and Gillian. But it becomes all too clear that while marriages may dissolve, memories of betrayal do not. Love, etc is a compelling exploration of a contemporary romantic triangle, depicted with Barnes's inimitable intelligence.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2000.
Characteristics: 249 p.