This enjoyable beach read recounts Lucy’s relationships with two different men.
Lucy and Gabe meet as idealistic seniors at Columbia University on 9/11. They have an instant emotional and physical connection, but their relationship also includes dramatic ups and downs. They support each other’s careers, Gabe’s as a photojournalist and Lucy’s as a children’s TV show writer and producer. This Shakespeare-quoting couple are seemingly equal partners in love and work — until the heartbreaking point when one must be chosen over the other.
Lucy meets Darren during summertime in the Hamptons. He is slightly older than she is, settled and mature, and knows what he wants now and in the future. He makes and sticks to his bucket lists, ticking off each item as it is realized. The relationship between Lucy and Darren is vastly different than that between Lucy and Gabe: quiet, cozy, loving, and thoughtful. Still, Lucy finds that things are missing, and she returns again and again to thoughts of Gabe.
Anyone who has experienced more than one love relationship can readily identify with Lucy’s mulling over possibilities and regrets. No one connection between two people can be perfect, and so Lucy constantly weighs up Gabe’s and Darren’s personalities and actions, their pluses and minuses. Although love is universal and relatable, this story is about a privileged individual who has the time and means to want it all and attempt to achieve it all.
It is interesting to read about Lucy’s and Gabe’s creative and collaborative processes and about the horror of war reporting. The ending is quite surprising, and it’s worth racing through some of the predictable parts of the book to reach it.