Maynard and Jennica
By Rudolph Delson
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780618834488, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2007
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A wildly original debut,Maynard and Jennica is both a hilarious urban comedy and a captivating love story. In the summer of 2000, while riding the uptown number 6 train, the musician/filmmaker Maynard Gogarty first encounters the beautiful Jennica Green.Though their initial meeting is brief, when fate next brings them together a romance ensues, and as with most things in life, everyone has an opinion.
Delson tells the story of this improbable love affair through the voices of Maynard and Jennica, along with their family, friends, and assorted characters (among them two attorneys, three journalists, and a rap star) pulled into their dizzying orbit.He brings to life a pair of lovers who are flawed, complex, at once eccentric and deeply familiarand in whose story we continue to feel invested long after we’ve turned the last page.
In the words of Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, this book is the reason we should all read first novels.”
RUDOLPH DELSON quit his job as a lawyer on the eve of his thirtieth birthday to finish Maynard and Jennica. Born in San Jose, California, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.