“We are all walking around this city with our hearts sadly swimming in
our chests, like dying fish on the surface of a still pond. It’s enough
to make you give up entirely.” —from Instant Love
we don’t give up. We keep trying. We’re either too stupid to learn from
our mistakes or we honestly believe that the next time will be
different; it’s hard to say which. Driven by the mad hopefulness that
is part of the human condition, we are constantly falling in and out of
love with a slightly different version of the person who came before.
Jami Attenberg chronicles those exact moments with heartbreaking
realism in her powerful debut, Instant Love.
Told through the eyes of three young women and their friends and lovers, Instant Love
explores what it means to be in love, what it means to be lonely, and
what it means to be both at the same time. Holly turns to computer
dating to find love even as she thinks wistfully of a former boyfriend
who loved her well and fed her ice cream. Maggie recounts the story of
her one crazy summer to her disbelieving husband and feels the distance
between them grow wider than the void across their king-sized bed. And
Sarah Lee remembers the one who got away and the one she ran away from,
all the while moving toward the one she can actually love.
Written by Jami Attenberg