Q: A Novel by Evan Mandery
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
“Q, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, is the love of my life.”
Shortly before his wedding, the unnamed hero of this uncommon romance is visited by a man who claims to be his future self and ominously admonishes him that he must not marry the love of his life, Q. At first the protagonist doubts this stranger, but in time he becomes convinced of the authenticity of the warning and leaves his fiancée. The resulting void in his life is impossible to fill. One after the other, future selves arrive urging him to marry someone else, divorce, attend law school, leave law school, travel, join a running club, stop running, study the guitar, the cello, Proust, Buddhism, and opera, and eliminate gluten from his diet. The only constants in this madcap quest for personal improvement are his love for his New York City home and for the irresistible Q.
A unique literary talent, Evan Mandery turns the classic story of transcendent love on its head, with an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.
I love the concept of Q, and I have to say it was a novel defied my expectations. I thought I'd had a good idea of what would happen, yet I was very surprised at some of the twists!
What if time travel was possible? What would you do if your future self showed up and warned you not to proceed with a marriage, a change in career or other life decision? Would you heed their advice or take the risk anyway? In Q, this isn't an easy choice for the unnamed protagonist to take.
Overall I really enjoyed Q. It was an entertaining read, and the last chapter was an utter delight. My only complaint was that sometimes the action dragged as the unnamed protagonist liked to go on tangents that didn't add much to the overall narrative.
I recommend Q to anyone looking to read a novel that's a little quirky, and quite romantic.