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The book tells the story of a man who has been asked to be the executor of an old friend's estate. He hasn't seen his friend in years, but agrees to go to her small town to take care of her few things, and while he is there, he meets a woman named Marian, a friend of his old friend. He is taken with Marian, although meeting her stands to disrupt his careful and quiet life that he has built for himself in New York City.
The book is about desire, and builds desire quite effectively in the reader. There is also something slow and sensual about the prose itself, which is what I think is what makes the actual experience of reading the book so pleasant. Although I didn't really feel compelled by the story, I felt compelled by the prose itself, which achieves extraordinary flow. Although the book wasn't for me, I think the story might appeal to many readers. It is a love story in the purest sense.
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Title: The First Warm Evening of the YearAuthor: Jamie M. Saul
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre:Literary Fiction/ Romance
Where I got it: From the publisher and TLC BOOK TOURS