Big Love

Big Love

3.07 (2,169 ratings by Goodreads)
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This is a sassy, fresh and hilarious debut novel for anyone who's ever lost a man, discovered great sex or found the perfect romance. When Alison sends her boyfriend Tom out in the middle of a dinner party to buy Dijon mustard, the last thing she expects is his phone call telling her that he isn't coming back, not now, not ever. While Alison tries to figure out where she went wrong with Tom, she realises she has some serious catching up to do and that when freedom beckons, you'd be mad not to follow. After all, of the two men she's slept with, one was gay and one was Tom. She's got a handsome new boss, decades of evangelical guilt to offload and an urge to have undefined-yet-presumably-meaningless sex with the aforementioned boss. But is this enough? And if Tom isn't the Big Love, who on earth is?show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 142 x 197 x 16mm | 166g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141013788
  • 9780141013787

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Mustard errand gone horribly wrong. Sitcom writer (Murphy Brown, Spin City) Dunn's first novel is breathy and hurried, as if a self-absorbed friend (just a garden-variety narcissist, with some empathic abilities) were crying in her Cosmo. So what's stopping our narratrix Alison Hopkins from finding "Big Love," especially after getting her cheese moved by her long-term boyfriend and cohabitant, Tom Hathaway, he of the ugly leather couch he didn't consult her about before buying? During their couple-affirming dinner party, Tom, sent out by Alison for Dijon, phones back to tell her that not only does the store not have any Grey Poupon but he no longer has room for her in his heart. That constricted space has been taken up by the lovely Kate, his ex-college flame reignited. Cut loose, Alison can wallow once more in her old-virgin misery (raised as an evangelical Christian, her deflowering was postponed until age 25, leaving her congenitally insensitive to pheromones and come-hithers) and hone diatribes for the column she writes for a Philly alternative paper. Rants abound on Romantic Market Value, the mating disadvantages faced by Christian women, and the unfair backlash against "Old Mothers," women who dare to have children after 30 in defiance of that Time magazine article. A self-styled late bloomer at 32, Alison will have a fling with her managing editor, lose her column to a less competent but sluttier writer, and ruminate amply and far-too-many-other-adverbs-ly about the obsessions she shares with the busy and fulfilled girlfriends who nevertheless always have time for long wine-soaked grudge-fests or impromptu pregnancy tests. Glib dialogue keeps the story humming along, although even the most seasoned chick-lit fan will find its men improbably fickle, even for guys. The backstory is more arresting than the formulaic plot: an ironic insider's take on born-agains may be just the thing for readers left behind. No big love or surprises here. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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Sarah Dunn was the executive story editor for Spin City. She lives in New York City and The Big Love is her first more

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