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Monday, June 12, 2006

This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes


This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes

Novak is a wealthy day-trader living in Los Angeles, well tended by a housekeeper, a nutritionist and a personal trainer. Divorced and separated by thousands of miles from his his son and his exwife, whom he still loves, he suffers a panic attack and intense pain. After eons of being holed up in his Hollywood Hills home, he finds himself in the emergency room in a local hospital, and it's his wakeup call to the emptiness of his life. Suddenly Novak finds himself connecting with fellow Angelinos, among them a friendly donut maker, a homemaker in crisis in the grocery store, a famous reclusive neighbor, and with each new friendship he finds himself opening up more and more to life and people around him, and that ripple spreads into and enriches their lives.

Ultimately, his teenage son travels to L.A. and brings all his pent up rage and baggage. They begin to bond and work out the anger and angst and Novak moves from a life wealthy in bank account, to a life wealthy in relationships and friendships.

Critics seem to have a love/hate relationship with this book. Personally, I loved it. It was sweet, funny, thoughtful, and filled with everyday people you pass on the street but don't take time for. And Novak finally learned the joys of taking time for people, and was all the richer for it. Will it save your life? No, but it might make you think a bit about where you are and where you could be.

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