An adulterous love affair between two exact matches for each other - but will it survive a near-fatal accident?
This is the story of a coup de foudre, of a love affair, of an adulterous liaison, of a wife-dreading, daughter-loving, God-fearing New Yorker meeting his exact match, after 15 years of a grindingly deteriorating marriage, in the Stamford Nature Center in Connecticut (the state which appropriately describes itself as being 'full of surprises').
The woman he meets is in her thirties, beautiful, smart, playful, vulnerable and, above all, an English teacher like him with a relish for all things literary and deconstructionist. Whereas Angelo's wife despises his writing, Monica adores it; whereas his wife spurns his intellectualising of his dreams, Monica joins in even before her first cup of coffee (but not before their first love-making).
As an editor of this book rather than as its author I feel bold enough to say that the first three chapters (loaded here) contain the most extraordinarily visceral description of a man falling in lust / love with a fascinating woman I have ever read - it manages to be almost multisensory - and I don't normally care a stuff what English teachers do to each other.
The rest of the book is excellent too (but not available here).