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“So much of how it was started was when that cop got out and came up to me. But I didn’t know all this when it first happened. I guess you never do. I didn’t know there would ever be a Leonard, or that this man would be his father, or that anybody would have to die. I didn’t know where all this would take me at the time….”

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. But this extraordinary novel’s richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

Review:

"The author of the entirely commendable 'Pay It Forward' has given us another pretty literary fable. 'Love in the Present Tense' is about, yes, love, and how long — and under what circumstances — it continues. As with any novel, this one will have its supporters and its detractors, and that will have to do with (a) what kind of prose style you prefer, be it mush or al dente, and (b) how much you... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"Hyde tells a rich and engaging story through the voices of three extraordinary people." Booklist

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

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 Pearls 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 cant 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 novels richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde, an acclaimed novelist and award-winning short-story writer, is the author of the story collection Earthquake Weather and of the novels Funerals for Horses, Electric God, and Pay It Forward, which was named an ALA Book of the Year and made into a feature film. She lives in Cambia, California.

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sian, April 17, 2007 (view all comments by sian)
This is the most captivating book I have read in a long time. There are so many passages I could quote to prove my point but it's better just to advise you to read the book!
The Washington Post review implies that the narrative of this book is "mush". I totally disagree. It is thoughtful, thought-provoking, poetic and not at all sentimental. The concept of "forever love" is just beautiful.
I will be buying this book for my mum and my sisters as I feel that everyone should read it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385518000
Publisher:
Flying Dolphin Press
Subject:
General
Author:
Hyde, Catherine Ryan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20060530
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.28x5.84x.95 in. .92 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Flying Dolphin Press - English 9780385518000 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Hyde tells a rich and engaging story through the voices of three extraordinary people."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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 Pearls 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 cant 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 novels richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

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