Q : A Love Story, Hardback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


In a gripping tale of time travel and true love that will appeal to fans of The Time Traveller's Wife and The Adventures of Max Tivoli, a successful writer meets his future self, who advises him not to marry Q, the love of his life.

Would you give up the love of your life on the advice of a stranger?

A picturesque love story begins at the cinema when our hero - an unacclaimed writer, unorthodox professor and unmistakeable New Yorker - first meets Q, his one everlasting love.

Over the following weeks, in the rowboats of Central Park, on the miniature golf courses of Lower Manhattan, under a pear tree in Q's own inner-city Eden, their miraculous romance accelerates and blossoms.

Nothing, it seems - not even the hostilities of Q's father or the impending destruction of Q's garden - can disturb the lovers, or obstruct their advancing wedding.

They are destined to be together. Until one day a man claiming to be our hero's future self tells him he must leave Q.

In Q, Evan Mandery has fashioned an epic love story on quantum foundations. The novel wears its philosophical and narrative sophistication lightly: with exuberant, direct and witty prose, Mandery brings an essayist's poise to this fabulous romance. And, finally, Q has an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.




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Evan Mandery has rather missed the mark in this novel which cobbles together literary fiction and science fiction in a Frankenstein’s monster that pleases no-one. The unnamed narrator is an idiot who blindly follows the advice of various future versions of himself with increasingly unhappy consequences. A barely talented writer on meeting and engaging the girl of his dreams – the titular Q [for Quentina] is quick to dump her on the advice of his somewhat seedy future self who has traveled back through time. Exit Q and cue in a long series of visitations and absurd changes in direction. The story sucks and the narrator is an unlikeable idiot but the writing is elegant and witty – laugh out loud funny in places – which is not enough to elevate the book but will probably keep you reading.

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