Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel

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   Author: Steve Kluger

ALMOST_LIKE_BEING_IN_LOVE3.jpg  Title: Almost Like Being in Love

  Genre: Romance/Gay fiction/Epistolary novel

  Publication Date: 2004

  Number of Pages: 368

  Geographical Setting: New York/Los Angeles

  Time Period: 1978/1998/2004

 Plot Summary:  Travis and Craig fall in love their senior year of high school.  After one amazing summer together in New York, they part ways to opposite coasts for college and soon drift apart.  Twenty years later, Travis teaches American History in California and Craig is a lawyer in New York.  They are both happy and successful, but something is missing.  Travis realizes it first and sets off on a cross country quest to find his first love and he puts it all on the line for what he hopes is true love.  Told in a mix of narrative, letters, journals, memos, and e-mails this is a funny, touching, and quirky story of romance, first love, and friendship.

Subject Headings:  First loves Fiction, Love stories Fiction, Middle-aged men Fiction

Appeal:  humorous, witty, engaging, compelling, conversational, breezy, layered, multiple points of view, well-crafted

3 terms that best describe this book:  epistolary novel, romantic, quirky

 3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux                                                                   The author’s bittersweet and humorous memoir of growing up with a larger-than-life mother.  As dysfunctional as his mother was, she sounds like just the kind of parent you wish Travis had when he was growing up and realizing he was gay.

The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac: The Absolutely, Positively, and Without Question Greatest Book of Facts, Figures, and Astonishing Lists Ever Compiled by Bert Randolph Sugar                                                                                                                              A fun book of just about anything you would ever want to know about baseball.  You can look up some of the many baseball moments that are peppered throughout the book.

Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life In and Out of Major League Baseball by Billy Bean with Chris Bull                                                                                                               Billy Bean’s memoir of coming-out after a career in the Majors is an honest and compelling book.  His love of baseball and message of acceptance comes across in an engaging manner.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works

The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story by Peter Lefcourt                                                               This is another witty love story between two men, but this book deals more with some more serious topics like coming out and gays in sports and society.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows                                                                                                                                         This book is also an epistolary novel and a love story with engaging characters.

One Day by David Nicholls                                                                                                          A good book for those who liked the romantic comedy feel of Almost Like Being in Love.  It is not an epistolary novel, but it is written in an unusual episodic way that follows the lives of the two main characters on the same day each year over two decades.

Name: Katie


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