Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
"Wasn't for me!"
A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the 21st century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay. Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter. Gwen is his daughter. She's 14. She's a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw. Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant.
"Ever Just Want to Run Away from Home?"
Adverbs is a novel about love, a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. At the start of the novel, Andrea is in love with David, or maybe it's Joe, who instead falls in love with Peter in a taxi. At the end of the novel, it's Joe who's in the taxi, falling in love with Andrea, although it might not be Andrea, or in any case it might not be the same Andrea, as Andrea is a very common name.
"Great writing style/narrator combination"
Der gutaussehende Ed ist der Star der Basketballmannschaft, die 16-jährige Min eine sensible, künstlerisch angehauchte Filmnärrin. Ihre Beziehung wird kurz, aber heftig: voller Entdeckungen und Überraschungen, voll Bemühen. Und voller Enttäuschung. In einem glühenden, virtuosen Brief erklärt Min, warum es aus ist, und gibt Ed all die Dinge zurück, die in ihrer Beziehung eine Rolle gespielt haben.