“Person. A Place. A Unique Love Story.”
The first Zevin novel that I read was her 2005 YA (young adult) one called Elsewhere (find Phumzile’s review here) and I fell in love instantly with her as a writer. So when I got a chance to buy another Zevin novel, it wasn’t even a question.
And so began my love affair with Margarettown.
It’s about a woman called Margaret Towne, and the man who falls in love with her. The day he meets Maggie for the first time is the day he understands what it is to be in love. Deeply, wildly, terminally in love. What he doesn’t know is that loving Maggie means loving many women at once. After a brief, intense courtship the two young lovers set off to meet Maggie’s family: Margaret, Maggie, Marge, Mia and May—five women of different ages, all living together in a house called Margaron, in a place called Margarettown. Nothing in Maggie’s world is quite like anywhere else. Part memoir, part fable, part journey through the many worlds of one woman, Margarettown is a novel about how love takes us over and changes our lives; how it makes lies out of truth and truth out of lies. It is the story of what it takes to love the same person for a lifetime—and about the impossibility of really knowing anything about who it is we have come to love.
The official blurb pretty much sums it up. A woman called Margaret Towne and a man (who remains known as simply N throughout) who falls in love with her. Falls in love with each and every part of her. With who she was as a little girl, as a teenager, as she is now, with who she’ll be when she’s middle aged and who she’ll be when she’s a cranky, weird old woman. Because isn’t that what love is?
But sometimes love isn’t enough and it doesn’t work out QUITE in the ways which we thought or would have hoped.
So I really do encourage you to pick up a copy of Margarettown and become enchanted in Zevin’s lyrical prose that makes you search the parts of yourself that you didn’t know existed. Pick up a copy of Margarettown and find out why Zevin is my author crush!