In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover, writer Carolyn Moncel provides us with a fresh batch of stories based on love and loss. As singer/songwriter, Paul Simon so famously proposed in a song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover. However, Moncel’s characters demonstrate that the reasons are actually quite finite. Encounters in Paris` Ellery and Julien Roulet return, picking up their lives where the short story, “Pandora`s Box Revisited,” ends. This time the Roulets are involved in a love triangle, and along with two other couples, must explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death. This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessary; while others are voluntary; and still others are simply destined and beyond anyone’s control.
By: Carolyn Moncel
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