The Romantic

The Romantic

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Louise Kirk's mother leaves home when Louise is a young girl and her life and those about whom she cares become focused on lost and elusive love.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperFlamingoCanada, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002005050
0002005050
Characteristics: 371 p.

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

You can always trust Barbara Gowdy to take a conventional story of doomed love and give it a vivid quirky twist. As a little girl, Louise becomes obsessed with Abel, the boy next door, and his over-bearing mother. Louiseā€™s own beauty queen mother walks out the door one day and leaves her daughter looking and longing for love. The tender sensitive young Abel grows into a self-destructive alcoholic man who can only offer Louise a fractured and painful love. It is a haunting story full of exquisite moments that offer insight into the most passionate forms of love.

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DalysJ
Feb 08, 2011

Did not enjoy this book at all. Pretty much just a bleak story from cover to cover.

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