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Review--Maynard and Jennica, Rudolph Delson


Maynard and Jennica is the story of Maynard Gogarty, a man in his late thirties who makes documentaries, and Jennica Green, a twenty-something woman from California who says "like" a lot. They meet by chance one swelteringly hot August morning on a New York City suway train, and later enter into a relationship. The story has multiple narrators, including dead people, animals, and inanimate objects. It isn't difficult to tell which voice is which, though, which makes for a highly enjoyable read.

The first part of the book takes place during the summer of 2000 and the winter of 2001. The second half of the book takes a completely different turn when the treagedy of 9/11 occurs, and while it has a major effect on the rest of the United States, it has a subtle effect on Maynard and Jennica's relationship. It's fun because my neighborhood is mentioned in the novel. And Delson doesn't drag down the plot in the second half of the book with too much wistful thinking or "big thoughts" about 9/11.

In short, although the plot seems to drag in places and the coincidences are a little too, well, coincidental, Maynard and Jennica is a quirky, creative, not to mention funny, novel about relationships in modern-day New York City.

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2015 Reading

January
1. The Vanishing Witch, by Karen Maitland
2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
3. Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg
4. Brighton Rock, by Graham Green
5. Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey
6. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
7. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
8. A Movable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
9. A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf
10. Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote
11. Maggie-Now, by Betty Smith

February
1. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, by Cynthia Lee
4. Music For Chameleons, by Truman Capote
5. Peyton Place, by Grace Metalious
6. Unrequited, by Lisa Phillips
7. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
8. A Lost Lady, by Willa Cather

March
1. Persuasion, by Jane Austen
2. Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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