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The Behavior of Love
The Behavior of Love: A Novel | Virginia Reeves
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An incredibly compulsive, poignant exploration of marriage, lust, and ambition from one of America's great young literary talents, the Man-Booker Prize longlisted author of Work Like Any Other. Doctor Ed Malinowski believes he has realized most of his dreams. A passionate, ambitious behavioral psychiatrist, he is now the superintendent of a mental institution and finally turning the previously crumbling hospital around. He also has a home he can be proud of, and a fiercely independent, artistic wife Laura, whom he hopes will soon be pregnant. But into this perfect vision of his life comes Penelope, a beautiful, young epileptic who should never have been placed in his institution and whose only chance at getting out is Ed. She is intelligent, charming, and slowly falling in love with her charismatic, compassionate doctor. As their relationship grows more complicated, and Laura stubbornly starts working at his hospital, Ed must weigh his professional responsibilities against his personal ones, and find a way to save both his job and his family. A love triangle set in one of the most chaotic, combustible settings imaginable, The Behavior of Love is wise, riveting, and deeply resonant.
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JennyM
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The writing in this one reminded me a bit of Ann Patchett, in its slow unravel and insight into the mundanity. It pulled on the heartstrings and took a turn I wasn‘t expecting. I enjoyed it.

BarbaraBB Oh I must check this out since I loved 4mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed it. I‘ve not read any others by her, but I will now. Xx 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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I just read the last page of this book and I can only say that it rocked me to my core. The second half of this novel is heavy. Heavy with the weight of love: the disappointments and transformations and fragilities.

It reminded me of “Idaho,” another quiet book about the intimacy of a marriage and how a devastating turn of events can deliver a tragic blow as well as expose the greatest strengths between two people. This one broke my heart.

JennyM I got this yesterday- will get the tissues ready x 4mo
saresmoore I‘m thinking I might hold off on this and Idaho for a while. 🙃 Sounds beautiful, though. 4mo
mauveandrosysky I just logged on in the first time in forever and OF COURSE your last several books are books that I fucking loved. (This one, The River, Supper Club, Fleischman, and I just started Three Women.) Thinking of coming back to this space now that the fog of PPD has lifted. Miss you and am comforted to find that we are still so aligned on so much. (edited) 3mo
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JennyM
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I really have to stop requesting library books. I don‘t need any more. But it‘s just too tempting!

TrishB But how happy do they make you 😁 4mo
JennyM @TrishB I know...I even sneak off early to collect them. Zero self control! 4mo
batsy 😍😍 4mo
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Kalalalatja Don‘t worry, we won‘t judge you 😄 4mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja @batsy I knew you‘d understand! 😘 (edited) 4mo
Buechersuechtling I perfectly feel you. Often library‘s are even more tempting to me than bookstores. Most of the time I am like that: “Oh, that sounds interesting. – And that I always wanted to read! – Look, this author has a new book. – That‘s the book I heard the librarian talk about; let‘s see how I like it. – And this is so tiny there must be space for in my backpack.” 4mo
JennyM @Buechersuechtling yep, all those book on offer with NO cost, it‘s just too much! 😆 4mo
BooknerdsLife AAHHH 😍😍 I don‘t blame you 😂Who can say no to books Especially when they are free!!! 😂👏🏼👏🏼 Happy Reading! 📚📚❤️ 4mo
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Agw91
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It‘s a story of absolute true love, inner desires, and choices made. This book proves love and pain go past the physical realm, and dive deep into the boundaries of our emotions. I very much appreciated the story being told by both main characters Ed and Laura. This was one of those books when I finished I needed a few more days to soak up my thoughts and part ways with their story.

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BooksForEmpathy
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Chicken noodle soup and this read. I would highly recommend this book so far... loving the quiet writing.

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