Charming. There are at least a half dozen ways in which Hilma Wolitzer could have messed up her latest novel, An Available Man, and one way or another she avoided every potential pitfall and wrote a fine book. The protagonist, Edward Schuyler, is a sixty-two year old science teacher at a private school whose wife has died of cancer. The novel picks up as Schuyler’s grief has progressed to the point where can date again. Readers are likely to recommend this book to others by relating one or another anecdote from these dates. This tender and charming novel will appeal most to those readers who like a good love story packed with the confusion setbacks and humor of every life.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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