Roommates Wanted: Until You Fall in Love...
Lisa Jewell, . . Harper, $14.95 (460pp) ISBN 978-0-06-113747-1
Jewell’s boisterous sixth novel is a compulsively readable jaunt through the lives of a handful of suburban London misfits. Leah, a shopgirl whose live-in boyfriend flees when she mentions marriage, lives across the street from Toby, a struggling poet who lets out rooms in his bedraggled Victorian house to ragtag tenants who pay rent when they remember and clutter up his otherwise solitary life. There’s a cabaret singer who depends on sugar daddies to keep afloat; a mailroom clerk who shares a room with his mother; and a stylish recluse. And then there’s longtime tenant Gus, whom Leah finds dead on the front walk one day. When Toby discovers that Gus has willed him a sickly cat and a pile of pounds with the provision that Toby use the money to make his life “everything it could be,” it provides the impetus for a shakeup at Toby’s that sends the cast in different directions as they each find ways to grow up. Jewell (
Reviewed on: 01/21/2008