[The following post was originally published on April 3, 2012 in combination with the author’s Why I Write guest essay. However, I’ve chosen to separate the two since Peter Golden’s (Wherever There Is Light) debut novel,Comeback Love deserves full attention. When reading the Advanced Copy of this book, snow was falling and now, writing this introduction, snow is falling. And, yes, when opening the world of Comeback Love, snow is falling. Warm your heart this winter with a wonderful read. Enjoy…!]
Like Nicholas Sparks and Robert James Waller, first-time novelist Peter Golden knows how to write the kind of nostalgic fiction that men and women alike fall for. In Comeback Love, a universal story about lost love, he offers an evocative debut that begins in the tumultuous 1960s and ends in the feverish thrill of present-day New York City. Over thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharpwitted med student he couldn’t imagine living without. Moving between past and present, the book is a journey into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960s and is a sensual exploration of youth, regret, desire, and the bonds that mysteriously endure in the face of momentous change.
Although it may have taken years for this honest and realistic love story to be written and published, Comeback Love is a book to be treasured. For, as curious as this fairy godmother usually is about discovering the backstory, where or how the characters were developed, the novel’s message, and how much of the storyline might be autobiographical, I realized I did NOT want to know the answers to this book. Being pulled into pages where everyone and everything felt and looked (the descriptive writing is memorably vivid) genuine is more than enough. And how refreshing to read about a relationship that is based on complex characters whose actions drive the storyline. Simply put, this debut is a “keeper.”
Please listen and picture this poignant and nostalgic book.
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Much more about Peter Golden can be found on his website, by following him on Twitter and becoming a friend on Facebook. And please remember highly recommended Comeback Love is available in paperback edition along with Peter’s most recent novel, Wherever There Is Light.