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Love in the Present Tense (2006) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

For five years Pearl has managed to keep the past from catching up to her and her bright, frail five-year-old son. Life has given her every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbor, Mitch, with watching Leonard while she goes to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son off, and never returns.

Pearl, Mitch, and Leonard each have a story to tell. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Is it possible to love the people who can't always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you.

Original title: Love in the Present Tense
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: Love in the Present Tense

Love in the Present Tense (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Fresh and distinct...Hyde excels in sentimental, utopian storytelling that transcends time, place, and human weakness." Publishers Weekly
  • "The simplicity of prose might indicate nothing more than purity of heart...What you feel about Love in the Present Tense...will depend entirely on who you are. Don't be so quick to dismiss this. Love can sucker-punch anybody, anytime." Washington Post
  • "The author of Pay It Forward proves she has some staying power with this sad-funny love triangle of neighbors and caregivers who alternately tell their story over the course of 25 years...Sparked with humanity and a lively vernacular." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Hyde tells a rich and engaging story through the voices of three extraordinary people." Booklist
  • "The story dishes out plenty of sentiment about loyalty, faith and family. If you love Pay It Forward, The Notebook and The Five People You'll Meet in Heaven, this novel will envelop you like a fuzzy blanket." USA Today
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Love in the Present Tense (May 2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780385518000
Dimensions: 8.28 x 5.84 x .95 in
Pages: 262

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