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Janet Goss. Penguin/New American Library, $14 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-451-23569-5
Goss' charming debut follows Dana Mayo, a talented artist and crossword puzzle wiz, as she looks for love, finds too much, and suddenly has to choose. She has spent most of her adult life single in New York City, measuring her few partners by the lost love of her early twenties, Ray Devine, an older married man with whom she had an affair over two decades ago. When she attempts to track him down, she's told that he's died. She decides this is a sign to move on, and soon thereafter she meets Hank, a charismatic master electrician with a pet pig named Dinner. While Hank raises some red flags regarding his honesty, he is good-looking and sweet. However, a few weeks into their relationship, Dana meets Billy, a gorgeous guy who shares her passion for crosswords (in fact, he's a "constructor" of the puzzles for the New York Times), but happens to be nearly 20 years younger than she. Matters get further complicated when she discovers that Ray is not dead, and finally wants to see her again. Dana soon finds herself caught in the crosshairs of three good men, and must make a choice that will change her life. With plenty of laughs along the way, readers will delight in Dana's candid quest for love. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/26/2012
Release date: 03/01/2012
Genre: Fiction
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