Q: A Novel
By Evan J. Mandery
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2011. 368 pgs. Fiction
In this witty, warm, and self-aware novel, our protagonist, a college junior professor and aspiring author, is about to marry the love of his life, a woman named Q. Unfortunately, mere weeks before the wedding, his future self travels back in time to tell him one thing: “You must not marry Q.”
This is a unique book, with a sense of humor unlike any book I’ve ever read before. I’ve always wondered what life would be like if I could go back in time and tell my younger self what to do/not to do, and this book tells a wonderful story about that exact dilemma. At what point, despite all the things that can go wrong in your life, do you just have to start moving forward? While mostly funny, Q: A Novel is also poignant, and has an awesome surprise ending. A must read for readers looking for something out of the ordinary.