Love in the Present Tense

Love in the Present Tense

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Mitch is a 25-year-old with commitment issues. Leonard is a five-year-old kid with asthma and vision problems, who captivates everyone he meets. Pearl is Leonard's teenage mother, who's trying to hide a violent secret from her past. Life has given Pearl every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbour, Mitch. Then one day, with a heart full of agony, Pearl drops Leonard off with Mitch and never returns. Pearl, Leonard and Mitch each have a story to tell and as their lives unfold, profound questions arise about the nature of love and family. How do you go on loving someone who isn't there? With Leonard's absolute conviction in 'forever love' always present, Leonard and Mitch grow up side by side and piece together the layered truths and fictions of their almost magical lives. The answers are heartbreaking, but ultimately triumphant.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773646
  • 9780552773645
  • 182,449

Review quote

"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 "A work of art...enchanting" San Francisco Chronicle "Haunting" Washington Post "Hyde excels in her story of a love that transcends time, place and human weakness" Publishers Weekly "A magnificent storyteller" The Denver Postshow more

About Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde, an acclaimed novelist and award-winning short-story writer, is the author of the story collection Earthquake Weather and of the novels Funerals for Horses, Electric God and Pay it Forward, which was named an ALA Book of the Year and made into a feature film starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. She lives in Cambria, California.show more

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"A magnificent storyteller"show more

Back cover copy

'So much of how it was started when that cop got out.... But I didn't know all this when it first happened. I didn't know there would ever be a Leonard, or that this man would be his father, or that anyone would have to die...' Leonard is an eerily wise five-year-old boy with asthma, terrible eyesight, and the ability to captivate everyone he meets. Pearl is Leonard's devoted teenage mother, desperately trying to hide a violent secret from her past. Mitch is Leonard's 25-year-old next-door neighbour, busy running his own company and entertaining the Mayor's wife. Then one day Pearl drops Leonard off with Mitch, and never returns. How do you go on loving someone who isn't there? As truth and fiction, memory and dreams collide, Mitch finds himself learning from a surprising source the true, magical definition of love.show more