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The essence of the thing (original 1997; edition 1997)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786706791, Paperback)Nicola only went to buy cigarettes and upon returning finds a stranger in her apartment. He looks like her live-in boyfriend, Jonathan, but he can't actually be the dependable known quantity whom Nicola loves that goes by the name of Jonathan. Can he? Before Nicola stands a man who is strong and adorable just like the old Jonathan, only this one is no longer hers!
This sad tale of love gone south still has its funny side. You have either to laugh or cry when you see, as acutely and elegantly as St John captures it here, the things women will do to hold on to love, and the things men will do to escape it.
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Nicola should never have stepped out for cigarettes, because the man she discovers in her living room on her return is not the Jonathan she has been sharing her life with for the past six years.
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