Endings. Ted Mooney’s latest novel, The Same River Twice, invites readers into an artistic and philosophical journey, set in Paris. Mooney uses the moviemaking of protagonist Max Colby as a backdrop to an intellectual exploration of alternative endings to life and relationships. Max’s wife, Odile, a clothing designer, provides the plot momentum through her sideline work as a courier who smuggles Soviet-era flags out of Russia. Think of this book as the written form of a quirky foreign film that twists and turns leaving one wondering what that was all about. Patient and intelligent readers will be rewarded by Mooney’s good writing, and for feeling the brain’s engagement while reading.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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