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For years, Heloise has been following Mitch wherever his medical career has taken him — from university to his residency to his first job. But when they go on vacation with their young daughter and another couple to a remote winter resort, an encounter with another man will change her life forever.
“His voice was the only tender thing that aroused my interest amid the dryness and monotony of things. His call this morning crushed everything else in my mind. ‘Is there still room for me in our little hiding place, or are you tired of waiting?’”
He is unemployed, she works nights at a hospice – is there a better way to live your life than realizing sex fantasies from the internet? A bitter sweet love story on everything that’s possible in an almost impossible life.
You go on a trip with your girlfriend and your best friend, who has always emulated you in everything. One night, you discover they are betraying you, that an escaped kangaroo is roaming somewhere in the area, that you did not forget your rifle. What are you going to do?
In this short but dense collage of fleeting glimpses of passing romantic interests, the vertiginous experience of dating in the modern world is ruthlessly picked apart. As one follows the narrator from man to man to man, the exhaustion and futility of finding a good partner is sharply expressed in unsettling terse language–reflecting just how hollow and emotionally confusing the process can be.
An aged doctor invites four elderly friends to participate in an experiment with his most recent discovery: water from the Fountain of Youth. A “twice-told” cautionary tale about the acceptance of mortality and time.