Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond
A Novel in Confessions

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Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane’s lusty encounter at a friend’s wedding isn’t really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.

What follows is a series of traded confessions—of their messy histories, their past errors, their big loves, their flaws, and their passions. Each love affair, confessed as honestly as possible, reveals the ways in which Jane and John have grown and changed—or not changed—over the years; the people they’ve hurt, the ones still bruised. The ones who bruised them. Where all of this soul-baring will take them is the burning question behind every letter—a question that can only be answered when they meet again, finally, in the flesh.

About Steve Almond

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Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poemsin publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetropeand a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. Julianna Baggott received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, where she held a Greensboro Scholar Fellowship. In 1998 and 1999, she placed nearly forty poems and short stories in such magazines as Poetry, The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Indiana Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Delaware Division of Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale Foundation. Winner of the Eyster Prize for Fiction in 1998, her manuscript of poems was a 1999 finalist in Breadloaf's first-book prize. She lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband, poet David G. W. Scott, and their three children. Girl Talk is her first novel.
Published January 1, 2006 by William Heinemann Ltd. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jane’s confessions disclose a teenage relationship with Mohawk-bedecked Michael, a collegiate whirl with a semi-dashing (and clueless) rich guy (“It was like he was a country with his own anthem”), an affair with erotically versatile married swingers and engagement to a virtually perfect gentlema...

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Baggott (Girl Talk ) and Almond (Candyfreak ) join forces for "an extended power-flirt," conducted through the snail-mail correspondence between Jane and John, two 30-somethings who meet at a wedding and almost consummate their lust before John puts the brakes on, wondering if it might be the rea...

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Entertainment Weekly

It's a setup the cynical narrators of Which Brings Me to You would roll their eyes at: Jane and John trade witty barbs at a wedding, make out in the coatroom, but pull back before sex — then vow to trade letters confessing their past romantic misdeeds before going further.

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Austin Chronicle

It's an interesting conceit: Girl spots boy at wedding, recognizes him as one of her kind (the lonely, the alienated, the type that invariably ends up naked with another wedding guest before the rice is thrown), makes her move while giving a fake name (Jane), and ends up naked with him in the coa...

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Sycamore Reviews

In her email telling me to read the book, she wrote that she thought, "This is Amy," when she read this book.

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