Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, titles each of these 16 interlocking stories with an adverb such as "Obviously" or "Soundly" describing a variant of love. Quirky characters are mixed with absurd humour and observations of contemporary urban life and love.
This was an amazing book. It had a very dreamlike quality to it, which I liked. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a collection of essays or short stories, short stories, most likely.
I'll admit Handler is a creative author whose prose illicits strong images, but this book is not for someone who likes order or resolution. Reading it, your instinct is to figure out a timeline of the actions and how the characters relate to each other, but then Handler tells you straight out in a later chapter that this cannot be done and you just have to take the stories as-is. I don't think I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't dissuade anyone from reading it, either.
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