Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Two of Us, by Andy Jones

Atria Books/Washington Square Press, ISBN 9781501109515, February 2016

William Fisher and Ivy Lee meet and embark on a nineteen-day, sex-filled fling that, in the end, seems not to be just a fling. They've realized they're meant for each other.

And that is the start of a roller coaster ride over the next year. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is more challenging. Can they manage it?

This is literary fiction, so plot isn't really a factor here. That said, the characterization is very good. Fisher--he prefers to be called Fisher--tells the story in first person. He's struggling with issues from his own past; he's struggling to understand things Ivy says and does, including her divorcing brother's extended stay in their flat.

Ivy is struggling with her own issues and her own attempts to understand Fisher, and we learn about her worries and fears and insecurities the same way Fisher does.

This is a wonderful story of the hard part of love--building a life together. Fisher, Ivy, and their friends and family are worth taking the time to get to know.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.