"Hilarious and tear-jerking in turns."—Express
"A touching novel! Full of tenderness and written from the heart."—Independent
"A sharp, witty, and wise book."—Daily Mail
Some situations to avoid when preparing for your all-important, finally-I-am-fully-grown thirtieth birthday.
•Having a one-night stand with a colleague from work.
•The rash purchase of luxury items you can't afford.
•Being left by your wife.
•Losing your job.
•Suddenly becoming a single parent.
If you are coming up on thirty, whatever you do, don't do any of that. It will f*** up your whole day.
The theme of this alternately wry and maudlin debut from London writer Parsons "love means knowing when to let go" won't make Love Story's mantra obsolete, but this novel shimmers with a sentimentality that could appeal widely to those who enjoyed Segal's romance classic and to their progeny. On the eve of his 30th birthday, Harry Silver blows everything by indulging in a one-night stand with a young assistant on the English TV talk show he produces. When Harry's wife, Gina, discovers his adultery, she jets off immediately to pursue job opportunities in Japan, leaving Harry in temporary custody of their adorable four-year-old son, Pat. Parsons captures the free-floating angst of a man who senses his horizons constricting and the panic of a suddenly single father confronting the issues of child care. Harry's misery is compounded by the subsequent loss of his job; his conviction that he's failed his own loving father, a WWII war hero; and the reluctance of the new woman in his life, an American waitress, to commit emotionally to him. Parsons knows how to pace his pages turn as if in a high wind and he has a flair for pushing emotional buttons, perhaps particularly those of men on the far side of 30 or singledom. Many readers will love this novel; others will decry its obvious calculation, but most will agree that Parson deals in a highly entertaining manner with personal issues of import and that, more often than not, he tells it very true.
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Good, but not excellent
Without a doubt, it’s a good book, as it’s concerned with love and family issues in the “lousy modern world”. The book is easy to read and comprehend, although to me the plot appears a bit dull. Frankly speaking, I was never truly exited while reading the book.