Maddy Green arrives at work one morning to find a package on her desk from ex-husband Jack that contains reminders of their 15-year relationship. Devastated by their divorce, Maddy just recently has felt ready to move on with her life. But nostalgia for what once was an ideal relationship draws her right back to Jack.

This is a quiet, haunting story about the fullness of first love. It's frequently told in flashbacks as Maddy contemplates the past, often fighting it, before throwing caution to the wind and agreeing to meet Jack. Their story is one of passion gone awry, of frailties not acknowledged until it's nearly too late, of how it's possible to be lonely even when sharing a bed.

With a soft, exquisite writing style, Stevens pens a compelling story that brings Maddy and Jack to life. He chronicles their past shared dreams, realistically capturing the emotional highs and lows in flashbacks, as they shatter one by one. A thoughtful and thought-provoking novel that's an absolute gem. (Jul., 285 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna Carter