Mistaken identities lead a literary snob and a romance writer to fall into bed and in love.
Aaron Mite is a frustrated novelist working as an adjunct in the English department where his father, an eminent literary critic, is an emeritus professor. Aaron channels his lack of success and his father’s stern disapproval into snobbery, directed at his undergraduate students’ work, genre fiction in general, and particular authors, for whom he leaves churlish anonymous reviews on Amazon.com. One of his favorite phrases in all three contexts is, “not worth the papyrus it was penned on.” Dour, pessimistic Aaron meets vivacious, warmhearted Laurie Lee at a writers’ colony to which she, an aspiring self-published romance writer, was mistakenly admitted. Opposites attract, and by the time Aaron realizes Laurie is a temp who attends beauty school at night, not the MacArthur Fellowship recipient he believed her to be, his loins and heart are firmly in her grasp. The novel follows Laurie and Aaron as they each pursue their literary dreams while trying not to let their differences tear them apart. Laurie, the romance writer, needs to learn “Craft,” while Aaron, the literary writer, must learn how to write with emotion. Gillespie’s (Girl Meets Class, 2015, etc.) latest attempts to thwarts stereotypes it has relied on to build its characters and plot, with mixed success.
Readers who can accept the idea that one’s literary tastes determine one's identity will enjoy Gillespie’s humor, some heartfelt moments, and a journey into the convoluted world of 21st-century publishing.