Love Warps the Mind a Little

By John Dufresne
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393330953, 315pp.

Publication Date: January 2008

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Ever since Lafayette Proulx quit his day job, left his wife, hauled his dog and his Royal portable across town to Judi Dubey's house, and set out at last to be a fiction writer, his life has been a sordid mess. Judi's exotically dysfunctional family isn t all to blame. Sure, the murders are disconcerting. And, yes, Judi's father's gone off the deep end. Worse are the vicious rejection letters Laf gets from editors. To top it off, Laf's falling for Judi at the same time he's nettled with guilt, is in marriage counseling with his wife, and is writing his long-hoped-for novel. When Judi is diagnosed with stage IV cancer, they both struggle to find the memory that will comfort, the truth that will redeem in a world where everyone suffers some kind of love disorder. John Dufresne, called a highly readable Faulkner, will once again take the literary world by storm with this new tragicomic tale.

About the Author
John Dufresne is the author of seven books, including the New York Times Notable Books Love Warps the Mind a Little and Louisiana Power & Light. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Florida International University and lives in Dania Beach, Florida.

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

Author Julia Glass fell for John Dufresne's "funny-sad novel," Love Warps the Mind a Little, despite herself. More at

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