It is no secret that we here at TBWCYL, Inc. headquarters are big fans of the Spencer Dew, author of the short story collection Songs of Urgency, and so you can imagine how thrilled we were to see his most excellent and wholly awesome Dew-like review of Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine on Amazon - which if you are so inclined you may read below. Many thanks Spencer, drinks are definitely on us at the Orange Alert reading at The Whistler on November 18th.
One day you are no longer passing notes in gym class. You are an adult, of sorts. Your father is telling you that marriage is a stale social convention and you, somehow, are arguing against him. Sex has ceased to be consistently thrilling, or even pleasant, and, worse, you realize sex was never consistently thrilling or pleasant, and you find yourself nostalgic for snippets of a half-imagined past, having more and more conversations about old television shows, old television commercials, and more and more conversations about loneliness.
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine charts a bruised path toward love, through ordeals of courtship, family relations. Words are spoken in public like this: "`Dude,' says Bob the bankruptcy restructuring guy, `four days is the minimum. One day makes you seem too eager, and two days makes you look like you were aware of the fact that calling her on the first day would have made you look too eager.'" Yet words are thought, in private, like this: with a woman sleeping, in overlap, across his body, Geoff "thinks he should enjoy this, wallow in it, and hold onto it as best he can, because something will go wrong, something has to go wrong, it always does."