Love is in the air!
A girl, a guy, a broken-down house. Not exactly on-again, off-again, Malcolm and Joanna are in-again, out-again: in love, out of each other’s arms, in an awkward co-living arrangement, out of the country. Their unconventional relationship is the only way, Joanna says, to protect herself from the specter of commitment, which inevitably leads to heartbreak.
"A When Harry Met Sally for the Millennial generation, set in the damp and drizzly neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon, Broken Homes & Gardens is an ode to friendship, lust, and the unrelenting pull of love..."
Maybe it's because I am far enough removed from being a Millenial, that I felt like continually wanting to shake both Malcolm and Joanna to their senses. This was a book that will have older readers shaking their heads and sighing about what be issues with the younger generation, while the younger generational will undoubtedly understand Joanna's angst much better. I stayed with the book though, because Kelley writes such engaging prose, that I kept turning pages, hoping for a change, thinking I was getting one, and then sighing in frustration, yet still turning pages! It is a book that will leave you screaming at the end, and possibly throwing a pillow or two, as there is a sense that there may be a book 2 coming. Sigh. I learned a lot about Portland and it's surrounding area, and I think this book could be an off-kilter movie, that would win over many a hearts. If you're looking for a book to understand the Millenials, check this one out!
About the Author:
Rebecca Kelley is a published author and co-editor of The Economical Baby Guide (Stewart Taboori and Chang) and an adjunct professor of general studies at The Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. Kelley’s writing is infused with the sensibilities of the young creative class that uses the Pacific Northwest as its way station for earnest well-meaning adventure to the world at large. Her fiction concentrates on the quiet dramas of urban domestic life: growing tomatoes, making pancakes, and examining the nature and validity of love and marriage in the context of the modern world. Kelley received her Masters of Arts in Writing from Portland State University and is fluent in German. She lives in Portland, OR with her family. Check out her website for more.