You Don't Love This Man: A Novel

By Dan DeWeese

You don't like This guy is an attractive puzzle….Which is extra beautiful, extra enjoyable right here, the tale itself, or the language DeWeese makes use of to inform it?” —Mary Rechner, writer of Nine easy styles for sophisticated Women

Set within the Pacific Northwest, Dan Deweese’s debut novel supplies a witty, heartfelt, and keenly saw day-in-the-life of 1 father of the bride, casting luminous perception into marriage, fatherhood, and financial institution theft. Readers of Benjamin Kunkel, Joshua Ferris, and Kevin Wilson, in addition to enthusiasts of up to date American masters like Philip Roth and Tobias Wolff, could be enthralled by way of Deweese’s evocative, literary exploration of an everyman protagonist’s quiet struggles and smooth joys on the most huge days in his life.

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You’re her knight in shining armor, and he or she thinks she’s allow you to down. ” Sandra was once taking a look at me as though I’d positioned a few lousy weight on Miranda’s shoulders, and that i knew I had. i used to be stressed. I had performed whatever flawed, it appeared. yet i couldn't fathom what. “Grant is familiar with? ” “Of path. ” “And Gina? ” “Yes. ” I puzzled if my trembling used to be obvious. It used to be tough to talk. “Does Alan recognize? ” “Of course,” Sandra stated. “And he’s been nice approximately it. Very supportive. ” Alan was once now not Miranda’s father. And but he knew every little thing. i assumed of Sandra and Alan and Miranda operating via issues, sharing their suggestions and emotions with each one other—around the dinner desk? within the lounge? —and by no means telling me any of it. A wave of disgrace engulfed me. What was once so incorrect with me that those humans didn't belief me with their recommendations and emotions? And now that they had made up our minds, for a few cause, to fasten me out of my very own existence. I checked out Sandra, baffled. “Why didn’t you inform me? ” She spoke softly. “It wasn’t near to you. She stored it from every person for your time. She stated she concept she will possibly not retain it, so she didn’t are looking to inform somebody. yet then she advised furnish, and he used to be chuffed approximately it. and so they made up our minds this is often whatever they need. they wish to do that. ” What was once there to claim? every little thing had occurred with out me. those discussions of affection and marriage and children—of life—had happened in different rooms, with other folks. And now every thing was once treated. Gina could bring Miranda to the resort, Sandra could obtain her within the room in the back of the door around the corridor, the bridesmaids and the stylist could attend to her, and every little thing could continue. not just did my presence now not look worthwhile, however it appeared might be it had by no means been invaluable in any respect. Sandra claimed she had by no means requested me to discover our daughter, and it used to be all a false impression. Or, to be precise, it was once all my false impression. each person else looked as if it would comprehend issues completely. I don’t keep in mind what I acknowledged to Sandra sooner than I walked away. and that i used to be too shocked, status there within the glass elevator like a bit figurine on reveal, to imagine very basically approximately something in any respect. In all honesty, I most likely acknowledged not anything. jogging away with out asserting goodbye is the type of factor humans inform me I frequently do whilst my brain is in different places. I keep in mind RETURNING to the current after I stepped out of the elevator, although. simply because as i attempted to go throughout the foyer, a tender guy stepped at once in entrance of me, blockading my course. i didn't, firstly, even realize him as he acknowledged, “I’m sorry I needed to do that, yet I’m going to need to ask that you simply now not go away the inn instantly. There are a few humans on their means who are looking to check with you. ” It used to be younger John. “With security,” he most likely could have beloved me so as to add. i used to be baffled as to how he had tracked me down—I knew I hadn’t informed him what lodge the reception was once at. used to be anyone capable of lookup marriage ceremony reception bookings? It appeared like the type of factor that are supposed to be inner most, and but it’s no longer infrequent for me to determine that issues i believe will be deepest aren't in any respect.

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