This is exceptional! The second to last paragraph is the cherry on top.
Captures the paradoxical psychology of romanticism versus realism of new love in the wake of heartbreak. Captures the conflict of benefits of being alone versus the craving for intimacy. Captures our psychological manipulations and motivations.
There are a lot of moments here (and I am noticing in One Hundred Years of Solitude) where the wackiness of love states lead characters to do what they don’t want to do or not do what they want to do.
Little details like her lips always dry and chapped stand out as foreshadowing.
There is a humor and whimsy here especially in the first 50% or more of the read that reminds me of the quirk that makes the novel Less such a joy to read.
Highly recommended. Once I began I could not stop and the 50 minutes flew by.
Great observations! Yes, it’s a complex piece, much like relationships! So glad you liked it. Okay
This was a compelling read for me but not in the sense of urgent excitement - more curious fascination. It was embarrassing, endearing, awkward, funny, sad - all rolled into one.