This unconventional love story examines the long-term relationship between Jake Foster and Lizzie Lavin on the day of its ending. Home alone at his cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin, Jake reflects back on the past 40 years, trying to determine what went wrong, and hoping to find peace at the end of his journey. More
For Jake Foster, falling in love frequently involves at least a little bit of pain, perhaps because the majority of his life has been spent in love with the same woman. Lizzie Lavin has always been the sum total of his desires. She’s both intelligent and beautiful, and has provided Jake with a host of lessons throughout the course of their two lives. But no one has ever been able to hurt him quite as much as she could, and now she has done so again.
Lizzie has left Jake for good. After their separation is finalized, he spends a day looking back on their relationship, wondering how it came to the point where he finds himself. Through a series of flashbacks, he examines the love he thought he had, hoping to find some means of comfort at its loss. Everything happens for a reason, Lizzie used to say. It’s now up to Jake to find out just what that reason might be.
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Although I did not expect to like a novel in the second person, I found myself relating to the storyteller and his sad, poignant tale more so because of it. Well written with believable characters and captivating descriptions.