Beginner's Greek

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Beginner's Greek

By James Collins

Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316021562, 441pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

Is love at first sight possible or just an old-fashioned romantic idea? And what if, to further complicate things, you meet the love of your life and then lose her phone number? "Then "what if, after the impossible happens and you find her again, she's now about to marry a roguish lothario who is also your best friend? The complications don't end there for Peter Russell, the winning hero of James Collins' charming, generous, and romantic first novel. Part modern-day Jane Austen, part Tom Wolfe, "Beginner's Greek" is a romantic comedy of the highest order, with characters who are perfectly, charmingly real as they swerve and stumble from fairy tale to social satire and back again.

About the Author
James Collins is Professor of Anthropology and of Reading at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of Understanding Tolowa Histories: Western Hegemonies and Native American Responses (1998), as well as of book and journal articles.

Praise For Beginner's Greek

"A sparkling first novel."

"A romantic, funny, and insightful page-turner."

"Clever, romantic, and fun."
-Boston Globe

"Jane Austen fans will feel right at home."
-Library Journal

"A rare delight: a smart, elegant, madly romantic comedy with characters who seem perfectly, charmingly real."

"A satire of modern love that will charm both sexes equally."
-Vanity Fair

"An unabashedly romantic d├ębut."
-The New Yorker

"Beginner's Greek is, from start to finish, delicious."
-New York Times Book Review