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Love Warps the Mind a Little (edition 1998)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0452278988, Paperback)Lafayette Proulx is affectionately called Laf by his friends, and with good reason. As the likeable narrator of John Dufresne's terrific new book Love Warps the Mind a Little, Laf has an eye for the comic elements that can be found in the everyday events of life, and an armchair philosopher's sense of detached bemusement. Laf quits his day job and decides to pursue his dream of writing fiction, a move precipitated by the breakup of his marriage and followed by a torrent of rejection slips. He moves in with his hesitant girlfriend Judi, and for a time, the story sets into a domestic story of befuddled affection and incidental affairs. Suddenly, Judi is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and from here on out, Love Warps the Mind a Little becomes a stunning love story, sweetly moving in its description of love amid tragic circumstances. Its honesty and insight are wonderful and the comic elements are never lost. The highly acclaimed author of Louisiana Power & Light has met the high expectations of his critics and readers alike in this wonderful novel.
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A 40-year-old man who always wanted to be a writer finally takes the plunge. He leaves his wife and home, and moves in with his mistress, taking only his typewriter. Unfortunately, she is not much of a muse, the rejection letters pile up, on top of which she develops cancer. A tragicomedy. By the author of Louisiana Power & Light.
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