Ethan Hawke the actor's first novel is an accomplished book exploring obsessive first love. William meets Sarah in a bar and they hit it off. William falls in love with neurotic and troubled Sarah, but it is a one-sided love. The novel explores obsession, spontaneity, the compulsion of passion and ultimately William's psychological breakdown after being rejected by Sarah. William questions his own masculinity as part of this rejection and to stop himself from falling apart falls back on his friends, his divorced parents and his high school sweetheart. A fascinating portrayal of doomed love and rejection. If you've enjoyed Hawke's films you'll also enjoy his first novel.
This report prepared by John Marcel