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21 Truths About Love: from the bestselling author of Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend

Matthew Green

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the beloved author of MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND comes a wonderful new novel, written entirely in lists, about a man whose life is at a crossroads.

'Honest, vulnerable, hilarious, and profoundly human' Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of DAISY JONES AND THE SIX

Daniel Mayrock's life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true:

1. He loves his wife Jill . . . more than anything.
2. He only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop a little (maybe more than a little).
3. Jill is ready to have a baby.
4. The bookshop isn't doing well.
5. Dan hasn't told Jill about their financial trouble.
6. Then Jill gets pregnant.

What are the lengths Dan will go to, and the risks he will take, to save his family? But he doesn't just want to save his failing bookstore and his family's finances:

1. Dan wants to do something special.
2. He's a man who is tired of feeling ordinary.
3. He's sick of feeling like a failure.
4. He doesn't want to live in the shadow of his wife's deceased first husband.

Dan is also an obsessive list maker; his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with his hilarious sense of humour, unique world-view and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling, a man who has reached a point where he's willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.

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Praise for 21 Truths About Love: from the bestselling author of Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend

  • A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator . . . It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision

  • It's not quite enough to say that 21 Truths About Love is original, it is radical and extraordinary. I have no idea how Matthew Green made a story comprised entirely of lists feel so human but that's exactly what this story is: honest, vulnerable, hilarious, and profoundly human

  • What to know about this novel: 1) It's written entirely in lists. 2) It's about an anxious man struggling with family and financial issues. And 3) It's an unconventional, endearing tale of impending fatherhood - The Washington Post

  • A fresh, humorous exploration of what makes us vulnerable and what makes us responsible, and you can't help but root for Daniel Mayrock even when he's at his most mistaken. This is a love story of great pathos and beauty

  • A quick, light read, and an unexpected pleasure - The Seattle Times

  • Often moving, sometimes shocking, always entertaining, this superbly crafted work emphasises the incalculable variety of the novel form - Booklist

  • A clever, genre-bending portrait of a man under pressure - Kirkus Reviews

  • Dicks has impeccable comedic timing and touchingly renders family dynamics - Publishers Weekly

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Matthew Green

Matthew Green is an author, storyteller and school teacher. He is the author of four previous novels including the international bestseller, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages. Matthew Green lives in Connecticut with his wife, their two children and two pet cats.

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