Beginner's Greek: A Novel

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Little, Brown, May 13, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Is love at first sight possible or just an old-fashioned romantic idea? And what if, to further complicate things, you meet the love of your life and then lose her phone number? Then what if, after the impossible happens and you find her again, she's now about to marry a roguish lothario who is also your best friend? The complications don't end there for Peter Russell, the winning hero of James Collins' charming, generous, and romantic first novel. Part modern-day Jane Austen, part Tom Wolfe, Beginner's Greek is a romantic comedy of the highest order, with characters who are perfectly, charmingly real as they swerve and stumble from fairy tale to social satire and back again.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Part fable, part farce, a preposterously plotted yet ultimately charming debut novel.Consider this a romantic man's version of chick lit, in which love conquers all, everyone lives happily-ever-after ... Read full review

Jane Austen meets "Love Actually" in Manhattan

User Review  - Dunnettreader - Borders

Set in the rarefied world of Manhattan stockbrokers, "Beginner's Greek" is a charming, delightful, and insightful novel. It starts out as a novel of "love at first sight", when boy meets girl on a ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

James Collins writes for The New Yorker and has been an editor at both Time and Spy Magazine. A former Little, Brown editorial assistant, he is 48 years old and lives in Virginia with his family. This is his first novel.

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