The Opposite of Love
Julie Buxbaum
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The Opposite of Love
Julie Buxbaum
The Dial Press
320 pages
January 2008
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The Opposite of Love allows readers the pleasure of eavesdropping on the life of New York lawyer Emily Haxby as she moves through a number of life’s challenges. Readers will enjoy the warmth, honesty and humor of the central character, as she acknowledges her mistakes, her accomplishments, and the reality that a well-rounded life might very well include both.

It is almost as if the book tracks Emily’s maturation process. She falls in and out of love, and she struggles to find a satisfying career - particularly one that does not include defending behavior she considers indefensible or a sexually-harassing boss whom no one seems to able (or willing) to control.

The book also explores a number of Emily’s familial relationships and friendships, which include some that we all aspire to have in our lives (Grandpa Jack) and others that are less than ideal but perhaps worth the effort to improve (Dad). Emily manages to pull together the pieces of what seems to be a fractured life, while at same time trying to come to grips with the loss of her mother years before.

The Opposite of Love is a welcoming, warm, and thought-provoking book that is a delightful ride from start to finish. It introduces a character with whom most of us will likely have at least one common bond, and it sends the message that in response to life’s challenges, someone will likely tell us it will okay – and, for the most part, it usually is.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lori West, 2008

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