Passion. Katarina Mazetti’s quirky debut novel, Benny & Shrimp, is the perfect book for any reader looking for a quick and entertaining jaunt into two lives and an unlikely relationship. The novel is structured in alternating chapters narrated by Benny, a rural dairy farmer, and Desiree, a city librarian whom he calls Shrimp. If the adage that opposites attract is true, this couple confirms it. Their passion is real, and despite the myriad ways in which each can infuriate the other, their relationship comes through these pages as real and as an insight into human relationships. This is a story of love, heartbreak and hope. In many ways, Benny & Shrimp is the story of anyone in a passionate relationship. While set in Sweden, this relationship could be in Wisconsin, New York, or anyplace on Earth.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)