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From the bestselling author of "Pay It Forward" comes a moving novel about the bond between a five year old abandoned by his mother and the man who raises him. After accidentally killing a police office five years ago, Pearl has managed to protect her bright, frail young son Leonard from her violent past. Then one day, Pearl drops him off with their neighbor Mitch, and never returns. Mitch is far from the ideal caretaker--he's having an affair with a client's wife--but he and Leonard must find a way to bridge the gap between them as they bond as parent and child.Gritty but big-hearted, "Love in the Present Tense" is an inspiring story of love and the surprising forms it can take.

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • 10 Jul 2007
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307276716
  • 9780307276711
  • 1,171,729

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Catherine Ryan Hyde is a critically acclaimed novelist and award-winning short story writer. She is the author of more than forty published stories, the story collection "Earthquake Weather" and the novels "Funerals for Horses," "Pay it Forward," "Electric God," and the new "Walter's Purple Heart." The national bestseller "Pay It Forward" was adapted into a major Warner Brothers feature film starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense"). "Electric God" and "Walter's Purple Heart" are also optioned for film and in development.www.cryanhyde.com

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Reviewers praise Catherine Ryan Hyde: "[Hyde's] talent for portraying human emotions...she not only tugs at heartstrings but also deftly plays them while building to a poignant crescendo. [Hyde is] a perceptive and gentle-hearted writer." --"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ""Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare." --"Library Journal ""Brutally lyrical...Hyde movingly conveys the toll of years of emotional damage." --"Publishers Weekly ""Hyde is a magnificent storyteller, an expert at plot and pacing and voice...[Hyde] is worth reading again and again and again." --"Denver Post " "Brilliantly wrought, finely plotted...Every scene is sketched with beautiful brevity...Every vista takes your breath away." --"Small Press ""Haunting." --"Washington Post Book World ""A sweet and honest look at the pains and pleasures of love, and who could not fall in love with Leonard--what a beautifully drawn character." --Jane Green, bestselling author of "Jemima J"

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