From the New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six comes an intimate and contemporary study of time, space, and the nature of love. Alone with You in the Ether explores what it means to be unwell, and how to face the fractures of yourself and still love as if you're not broken.
Two people meet in the armory of the Art Institute by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. By the end of the story, these things will still be true.
But this is not a story about endings.
For Regan, life is a finish line of mutually assured disappointment. Her method of coping with the dreariness of existence is to project herself into imagined multipotency, spinning new threads of destiny with every impulsive decision she makes. For Aldo, life is a plague of constancy--a structure of rules and formulas that keep him going, without which the entire frame of his existence would collapse.
For both of them, life is a matter of resigning themselves to the blueprints of inevitability, until six conversations with a stranger form the variable that glitches the entire simulation.
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An artist with bipolar disorder and an obsessive mathematician embark on an unconventional romance in this cerebral love story from Blake (The Atlas Six). When Art Institute of Chicago docent Charlotte Regan, who's in court-ordered psychotherapy following a scheme to counterfeit foreign currency, meets Aldo Damiani, a prickly University of Chicago grad student, their connection is immediate. Aldo urges Regan to agree to six conversations, over the course of which he intends to understand her. With the bemused tolerance of Regan's boyfriend, the pair grow closer—so close that Regan offers Aldo "one part of me for your consumption." She expects him to go for sex, but instead he asks for her art, which she hasn't worked on in years. Spurred on, Regan takes up painting, dumps her boyfriend, quits her medication, and launches a volatile, passionate relationship with Aldo. Blake's prose is silky and as eccentric as her characters, with an assortment of third-party narrators interrupting the action in "voice-over." ("THE NARRATOR, A STUDENT WHO HAS JUST ARRIVED: You can never prepare for weathering anything in Chicago.") The message of finding a richer life off mood stabilizers won't sit well with all readers, but there's no denying the characters make for fascinating and complicated studies. This is a book to savor.
slow parts for sure, but eloquent and well written. really interesting and captivating take on mental illness and love. i really enjoyed it
It shows how our thinking is should we have doubts on being with our significant other. It stories in a description of emotion that we feel.
Not one for me. As once I understood the concept, it started to become quite annoying to me always expecting something to happen in the story when nothing has. Do not recommend to anyone to read.
I liked it
Tad confusing in the middle but the writing is cutely creative and the love story contemporary