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Publisher Description

National Book Award Finalist

From "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.

The Feast of Love is just that -- a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night's Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones.

In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women's softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart Their voices resonate with each other -- disparate people joined by the meanderings of love -- and come together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life. Crafted with subtlety, grace, and power, The Feast of Love is a masterful novel.

"Supurb.... A near perfect book, as deep as it is broad in its humaneness, comedy and wisdom." -- The Washington Post Book World

Fiction & Literature
April 25
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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One of the best books I've read in the past 10 years... Great writing and unforgettable characters.

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I started to watch the movie but couldn't get through it..dreadful. So I decided to read the book. I read a great deal of books across endless genre. This was the first book I can remember that I just couldn't finish. Got to page 180 on iBooks and that was it. Disliked every character. Couldn't find any sense, rhythm or purpose to the story. Even on a boring 14 hr flight to Hong Kong it was more interesting staring at the back of the passenger's head in front me than reading this story.

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