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Title:
I regret everything : a love story
Author:
Greenland, Seth, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
252 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, leads a second life as published poet Jinx Bell. To his boss's daughter, Spaulding Simonson, at 33 years old, Jeremy is already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring 19-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best's alter poetic ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry, and an awareness that time in this world is limited. Their budding relationship strikes at the universality of love and loss, as Jeremy and Spaulding confront their vulnerabilities, revealing themselves to one another and the world for the very first time."--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781609452476
Format :
Book

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A modern love story, I Regret Everything confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be alive, and in love. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, leads a second life as published poet Jinx Bell. To his boss's daughter, Spaulding Simonson, at 33 years old, Jeremy is already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring 19-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best's alter poetic ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry, and an awareness that time in this world is limited. Their budding relationship strikes at the universality of love and loss, as Jeremy and Spaulding confront their vulnerabilities, revealing themselves to one another and the world for the very first time.

A skilled satirist with a talent for biting humor, Greenland creates fully realized characters that quickly reveal themselves as complex renderings of the human condition - at its very best, and utter worst. I Regret Everything explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts and estates.


Author Notes

Seth Greenland was a writer-producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love and one of the original bloggers for the Huffington Post . He is an award-winning playwright and the author of the novels The Angry Buddhist, The Bones and Shining City , which was named a Best Book of 2008 by the Washington Post . Greenland lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Although there are many reasons Jeremy and Spaulding should keep apart, a shared love of poetry draws them together. At 33, trusts-and-estates attorney Jeremy has traded many of his literary aspirations for a steady income, but he retains a poetic and generous soul, dashing off $500 checks to charity. His boss' daughter, 19-year-old Spaulding, is looking to use the power of verse to find her way after a mental breakdown and turns to Jeremy as her guide. Their interactions crackle from the start, and although Jeremy in particular realizes how inadvisable a relationship would be, it proves irresistible. Greenland hits all the right notes for this fledgling romance attraction, uncertainty, self-consciousness as the main characters tell the story in distinctive voices. His playful, well-crafted writing captures personality or atmosphere in a few phrases, and the characters' self-assessments reveal the rich inner lives driving their actions. Their love comes from the mind as much as the heart, in a poignant story of dreams and the way they can crash into the reality of the dreamers.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Jeremy Best, a lawyer by day, also moonlights as a poet under the name Jinx Bell, publishing occasionally (if implausibly) in The Paris Review. Spaulding, a 19-year-old woman who's a fan of Bell's poems, figures out that the writer behind them is Jeremy, who happens to be working in her father's Manhattan law firm. The restless and unpredictable Spaulding playfully pursues Jeremy. In alternating chapters, Jeremy and Spaulding reveal their respective perspectives on the unfolding events, so that readers learn of their private struggles, including a particularly tragic shock for Jeremy he initially tries to keep secret. Greenland (The Angry Buddhist), a former writer for the TV show Big Love, has a clear and snappy handle on the New York City worlds of M.F.A.s, M.F.A. dropouts, and poetry workshops, as well as their counterpoint in the Sutton Place penthouses of Jeremy's wealthy clients. This much is convincing and entertaining early on, though one does question the whole premise, which has been done so many times before: why must the 30-something lawyer find vibrancy and renewal in a teenage girl? As the second half of the novel slides into chaos and Jeremy and Spaulding consummate their relationship, investment in either character becomes tough to maintain. While Greenland is attempting an earnest, serious meditation on love or art or mortality, the book often feels like a silly romantic comedy that can't escape its genre. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Having dropped his pursuit of an MFA following an indiscretion that earned him the eternal hatred of his adviser, Jeremy Best works as a trusts and estates attorney at a prestigious law firm. But he stills publishes poetry under the name Jinx Bell, and Spaulding Simonson, daughter of the firm's managing partner, has discovered his secret. She's interested in poetry herself and, ignoring her own admonition that at 33 Jeremy is halfway to dead, draws nearer. What might have been an upper-class comedy of manners about a prickly affair turns sober with Jeremy's illness and the weight of Spaulding's past. VERDICT Author of The Angry Buddha, Greenland writes smoothly and absorbingly, and readers will skim along gratefully with him. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.