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Him, her, him again, the end of him : a novel
Patricia Marx
Adult Fiction MARX

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Marx's unnamed protagonist, a Baltimore native turned Cambridge University graduate student, is struggling with her thesis on West Indian immigration when she meets Eugene Obello, fresh from Princeton and at Cambridge on a philosophy teaching fellowship. Though he's self-absorbed, distracted and cheesy ("I will always feel a great deal of agape toward you, O my everlasting," he tells the narrator) she falls for him. But he soon leaves her for the frequently ill Margaret, and the narrator is once again alone with her incomplete thesis. She quits school, returns to the states and lands a writing gig at a Saturday Night Live-type show, but Eugene lingers in her mind. He, of course, resurfaces in New York, and the two embark on an affair. (He has since married Margaret.) Marx, a former SNL writer and current New Yorker contributor, undermines her main source of tension-the narrator's obsession with Eugene-by failing to present Eugene as anything more than a brainy fop, and though his demise is fitting, it'll have E.M. Forster fans crying foul. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Humor writer for The New Yorker, Marx spins a debut about a neurotic grad student who can't stop loving the wrong man. With a four-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Attened Cambridge University; struggled with her thesis on West Indian immigration; dated Eugene who left her for another woman; quit school; gets a writing job at a television studio; reunites with Eugene and has a love affair with him.
Graduate student

Eugene Obello
Attending Cambridge on a philosophy teaching fellowship; self-absorbed; distracted; broke up with the unnamed to date another girl; reunites with the unnamed and has an affair with her while he is married.
Graduate student

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