From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists.

Daniel Mayrock’s life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true:

1. He loves his wife Jill… more than anything.
2. He only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop a little (maybe more than a little)
3. Jill is ready to have a baby.
4. The bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. Dan doesn’t know how to fix it.
5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble.
6. Then Jill gets pregnant.

This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances:

1. Dan wants to do something special.
2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary.
3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure.
4. He doesn’t want to live in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.

Dan is also an obsessive list maker; his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.

(synopsis from Amazon)

My thoughts……4 stars

Just as when a book was released years ago told totally via emails, Twenty-one Truths About Love excited me. How do you tell a story through lists?

Daniel’s lists are his diary. He pours all his dreams, insecurities, you name it into his lists. He wants and needs more. Not just for himself, but for Jill, his wife. He adores her but often feels he’s competing with a dead man and losing. He’s terrified of Jill getting pregnant.  Then she tells him she’s pregnant. His book store isn’t doing too well, how does he fix it and how does he tell Jill?

These revealing lines run you thru a gamut of emotions as Daniel struggles to do and be his best, and hopefully a tad bit more while attempting to dig himself out of the hole(s) he’s put himself in.There’s something for every reader in Daniel’s lists. Some nugget of truth revealed that’s identifiable in their life. 

Mr. Dicks has succeeded in creating a character everyone can relate to in some way, who tells his story in a series of lists.


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