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I Regret Everything : A Love Story
by Seth Greenland




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From the author of The Angry Buddhist "An intoxicating and ultimately moving modern romance . . . A story that's all the sweeter for its shadows" (Los Angeles Review of Books).

I Regret Everything confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be alive, and in love. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, leads a second life as published poet Jinx Bell. To his boss's daughter, Spaulding Simonson, at thirty-three years old, Jeremy is already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring nineteen-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best's alter poetic ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry, and an awareness that time in this world is limited. Their budding relationship strikes at the universality of love and loss, as Jeremy and Spaulding confront their vulnerabilities, revealing themselves to one another and the world for the very first time. A skilled satirist with a talent for biting humor, Seth Greenland creates fully realized characters that quickly reveal themselves as complex renderings of the human condition--at its very best, and utter worst. I Regret Everything explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts, and estates.

"Affecting and funny."--The New York Times

"Edgy and sweet, witty and wise, I Regret Everything is rollicking good fun. It's also, in the end, a deeply moving love story between two unforgettable characters discovering what it means to truly be alive."--Maria Semple, New York Times-bestselling author of Where'd You Go Bernadette

"A poignant story of dreams and the way they can crash into the reality of the dreamers."--Booklist.

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Overview

From the author of The Angry Buddhist "An intoxicating and ultimately moving modern romance . . . A story that's all the sweeter for its shadows" (Los Angeles Review of Books).

I Regret Everything confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be alive, and in love. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, leads a second life as published poet Jinx Bell. To his boss's daughter, Spaulding Simonson, at thirty-three years old, Jeremy is already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring nineteen-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best's alter poetic ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry, and an awareness that time in this world is limited. Their budding relationship strikes at the universality of love and loss, as Jeremy and Spaulding confront their vulnerabilities, revealing themselves to one another and the world for the very first time. A skilled satirist with a talent for biting humor, Seth Greenland creates fully realized characters that quickly reveal themselves as complex renderings of the human condition--at its very best, and utter worst. I Regret Everything explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts, and estates.

"Affecting and funny."--The New York Times

"Edgy and sweet, witty and wise, I Regret Everything is rollicking good fun. It's also, in the end, a deeply moving love story between two unforgettable characters discovering what it means to truly be alive."--Maria Semple, New York Times-bestselling author of Where'd You Go Bernadette

"A poignant story of dreams and the way they can crash into the reality of the dreamers."--Booklist.


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609452476
  • ISBN-10: 160945247X
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Behind an affair

If you’ve been watching Showtime’s “The Affair,” you may see some similarities in I Regret Everything. Writer and producer (“Big Love”) Seth Greenland’s new novel tells the story of a relationship that some might find inappropriate, from the first-person point of view of both parties. There’s melodrama, and a subplot that involves a crime. But there is also real warmth, wit and irreverence woven throughout this thoroughly readable tale.

The book kicks off with our first narrator, Jeremy Best, a Brooklyn-dwelling trusts and estates lawyer who expresses his lyrical side through poetry written under the (somewhat laughable) pen name of Jinx Bell. Aside from this literary diversion, his life seems rather dull and empty.

Enter Spaulding Simonson, the boss’ pretty and precocious 19-year-old daughter, a budding poet herself who has somehow uncovered Jeremy’s secret identity. She has her own very real troubles: a bitterly broken family, a history of depression and deep loneliness.

As soon as they meet, it’s obvious there’s chemistry between the two. It’s also apparent that Jeremy’s monotonous existence is about to undergo a radical change, despite the real risks involved.

A smart reader may worry about the clichéd premise. But Greenland is smart, and so are his characters. Their inherent likability, along with the humor that’s a welcome contrast to the more maudlin aspects of the story, easily save this sparkling read.

 

This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 

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