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Beginner's Greek


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"The marriage story hasn't been done this well since Jane Austen, and lord knows, a lot of us have tried. It is deftly plotted, sweetly funny and very very smart. Really delicious." -- Beth Gutcheon, author of More than You Know
"Such a rare delight: a smart, elegant, madly romantic comedy with characters who seem perfectly, charmingly real as they swerve and stumble from fairy tale to social satire and back again. If you ever wished there were more Jane Austen and Laurie Colwin novels to read, or more Preston Sturges and George Cukor movies to watch, your dream has hereby come true." -- Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday
"Beginner's Greek is either an incisive romantic comedy or a feel-good social satire; it hardly matters, it's a huge entertainment. With his big, sloppy heart and astringent soul, James Collins is the new Jane Austen, only taller." -- Larry Doyle, author of I Love You, Beth Cooper
"James Collins is on home turf when it comes to the secret world of the American aristocracy. He knows these people uncomfortably well. I enjoyed it enormously." -- Julian Fellowes, author of Snobs
"James Collins has written a romantic, funny and insightful page turner about love in modern times, missed opportunities and the wheel of fate (with a blow-out!) that is so engaging and real, you will find it impossible to put down. Peter Russell is an everyman filled with longing, lust and good sense. I promise you will root for him as fate throws him curves aplenty on his path to true love. "Beginner's Greek" and Peter Russell are keepers." -- Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and Big Stone Gap
"A satire of modern love that will charm both sexes equally" -- Vanity Fair (01/01/2008)
"Part fable, part farce, [an] ultimately charming debut novel" -- Kirkus (01/01/2007)
"[Collins] makes magic of it much old-school charm that you want to believe, much patient detail that you actually can. A-" -- Entertainment Weekly (01/01/2008)
"Despite the contemporary setting, Collins's fiction debut has all the traits of a 19th-century romance-an omniscient and sometimes playful narrator, elegant prose that meanders through the lush terrain of disparate lives, an occasionally arch but always dulcet tone, frequent flashbacks, characters whose minds are plumbed (the females are especially well sounded), sophisticated dialog, and a much-delayed but delightful resolution. Jane Austen fans will feel right at home." (starred review) -- Library Journal (starred review) (01/01/2007)
"Pure Pleasure Plus Wit: The arch and romantic read of any season, James Collins'"Beginner's Greek" makes you half-believe in miracles. With his triteness detector in high gear and his sights trained on social hypocrisy, Collins spins a chance encounter on an airplane (shy guy meets his dream girl) into a perfectly calibrated comedy of missed opportunities and muddled loves." -- O Magazine
"Beginner's Greek is full of humor and a rare, perceptive sweetness. Jim Collins is a skeptic, a realist, and a fervent romantic all in one." -- Cathleen Schine, author of She is Me and The New Yorkers
"In Beginners Greek, James Collins achieves a tone - a farcical fatalism, poised, astringent, generous - that I thought until now was the exclusive property of the finest British comic novelists. How wrong I was, and how right this novel is, building from small domestic observations and cunning dramatic turnaboutstoward a wise and ample vision of human romantic folly." -- Walter Kirn, author of Mission to America and Thumbsucker
"Entertaining...the perfect airplane novel." -- The San Francisco Chronicle (01/01/2008)
"unabashedly romantic" -- New Yorker (01/01/2008)
"A witty romantic comedy." -- People Magazine (01/01/2008)
"Mr. Collins has a wicked sense of humor" -- (01/01/2008)
."..a toothsome and literate romantic comedy of the sort not seen since Laurie Colwin..." -- New York Times House & Home "Penelope Green" (01/01/2008)

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