At A Loss For Words

At A Loss For Words

A Post-romantic Novel

Book - 2008
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She wasn't looking for love. As a successful writer with an established career, a comfortable home and a supportive group of friends, her life was full. But then, 30 years after he broke her heart the first time, he walked into a book signing and back into her life. Spurred on by the idyll of a first love made good, they reconnect through emails--the bits and bytes of their messages re-forming into a real electricity between them. He is smitten. She is enthralled.

But, strangely, love has left her with a nasty case of writer's block. She gathers all the strength she can find in the text around her--using optimistic horoscopes, evasive fortune cookies and the inanely unhelpful suggestions of books on writer's block--to fight against the understanding that a love can't be sustained on language alone. Then, in a surprising and wickedly delicious resolution, she recognizes that truth and fiction can be one and the same in matters of the heart, and that in a "he said, she said" story, the writer always gets the last word.

At A Loss For Words is another brilliant expression of Diane Schoemperlen's gift for building the minutiae of everyday life into a profound understanding of women, men, love and imagination.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780002008815
Branch Call Number: SCHOE
Characteristics: 188 p


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

At once inspiring, uncomfortable and humorous, the author records a passionate love affair through the filter of regretful hindsight. The reader is forced to commiserate in the role of a close confidante, with the painful strategies of overcoming heartbreak and loss of life's purpose. And yet it is impossible not to cheer on the protagonist and revel in her talent for the written word.

Oct 22, 2010

How do you get over writer's block? Write an entire book complaining about your ex, apparently. Despite the fact that she was nursing a broken heart, I found the main character increasingly unsympathetic: self-absorbed, delusional and tedious, especially since she knew what she was getting into all along. There was some humour here, especially early on, but mostly it's a whole lot of whining.

Sep 02, 2010

Repetitive and boring. I didn't even make it through the whole book because I just didn't care about the characters.

Aug 11, 2008

This is a quick read chick lit style with some wonderful quirky language. The whole novel is written in the style of emails between a woman and her lover who of course has abandoned her. She wants to know why and begins by beating herself up over the breakup of the relationship. As the story progresses she becomes empowered enough to realize it isn't her fault.......and her lover has used her. Old story but new twists and turns. A small, short novel but a great little read.

Apr 27, 2008

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Oct 22, 2010

One of these days I'll go to bed at night without thinking of you.
One of these days I'll wake up in the morning without thinking of you.
One of these days I'll go all day long without thinking of you, and I won't even notice that I haven't

Oct 22, 2010

I am thinking about how it proved to be a very short leap from thinking, I am crazy about you, to thinking, I am just plain crazy.

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Aug 11, 2008

budster thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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