The feast of love
This is a beautifully written story about how particular people experience love and loss. It consists of a series of first person narratives, with individual fictional characters talking to the author, Charles Baxter, as he prepares to write this book. It amazes me how Baxter gets into the heads of each of these characters, and presents them as likely, realistic people with whom the reader might empathize. There is the ditzy oversexed coffee shop clerk, whose loss you will feel deeply. There is the nominally Jewish philosophy professor who is estranged from his son. There is Bradley, a coffee shop owner and a sometime artist. Then there are the Bradley's various wives. Finally there is Bradley's dog - he doesn't talk to the author, but he is featured throughout the narratives. Highly recommended!