Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New This Week: Ex-Cottagers in Love by J.M. Kearns

He writes with a compelling slouch. You can hear his arms akimbo, demanding understanding of things that can not be understood.

Though the title is weirdly off-putting, once you’re past that obstacle, Ex-Cottagers in Love (Key Porter Books) is irresistible. The type of post-modern LadLit that is seldom celebrated as sharply as it should me. Never mind: this is not exclusionist literature. If you read it you will probably like it, it’s as simple as that.

Though Ex-Cottagers in Love is songwriter and philosophy Ph.D. Kearns’ debut novel, it is not his first book. That honor goes to Why Mr. Right Can’t Find You (Wiley), a work of non-fiction that is pretty much what it sounds like. Though Kearns is not yet well known outside of Canada and the U.K., we should expect that to happen in short order: this is an author with talent and good ideas. He’s the real deal.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds fascinating! I have to pick up a copy

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 7:15:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Julie said...

I totally agree with your assessment that we're going to be hearing a lot more about J.M. Kearns in the US! His book Why Mr. Right Can't Find You is entertaining and right on the money!

Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 5:26:00 PM PDT  

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