Love in the Present Tense

Love in the Present Tense

A Novel

Book - 2006
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"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 off to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son off…and never returns. They are an unlikely pair: Mitch is a young, unattached business owner, and Leonard is a precocious, five-year-old boy. But together they must find a way to move forward in the wake of Pearl’s unexplained disappearance. Their bond as parent and child shifts and endures, even as Mitch must eventually surrender Leonard to a two-parent home. Is it possible to love the people who can’t always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Ultimately, this novel’s richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION HYD
Characteristics: 262 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 26, 2018

A simply written, quick read which underscores the (unbelievable) perfect love of a teenage mother and the loving, but flawed, dedication of the young man who raises her 5-year-old when she disappears. It was okay – not particularly memorable.

May 31, 2014

5/31/14 - had read up to page 120 of paperback version

Jun 10, 2013

Pearl is an amazing woman. Pregnant at 13 by a policeman and then hiding for five years from a deadly secret. Her son Leonard is also amazing, as Mitch finds out when he volunteers to babysit for Pearl one day. She never returns to pick him up. The story moves along and slowly we see the two form a family, always with the mystery of Pearl's disappearance in the back of their minds. I loved the tone of the story and the almost unreal moral convictions of Pearl and optimism of Leonard. Mitch is a treasure too.

Nov 17, 2010

Great book with an interesting structure and touching points of view. Explores love without being disgustingly mushy or grossly feminine. Simple, solid book.

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