Love at Absolute Zeroby Christoper Meeks
Synopsis (from the back cover): Love at Absolute Zero is the story of Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old star physicist at the University of Wisconsin. The moment he’s given tenure at the university, he can think of only one thing: finding a wife.
First Sentence: The realization of what he’d donemade him rush to the toilet.
Review: When Christopher Meeks contacted me because his latest novel was soon to published, I was thrilled. I had read and reviewed two of his earlier works — The Brightest Moon of the Century and Months and Seasons and Other Stories and enjoyed both. In addition, he and I share a common geographical background of the Upper Midwest, even though he now lives in California and I in Colorado. Spending a few hours reminscing about places I have lived and loved is always a joy.
Although initially a bit slower than his earlier work, ultimately Love at Absolute Zero did not disappoint. This novel has the unique distinction of being a romance told from the male perspective, written by a man. The protagonist, Gunnar Gunderson, has spent his adulthood chasing — and obtaining — tenure and now has decided to find true love: in three days. The tight time frame is a result of impending physics research into what happens when matter reaches absolute zero. He quest for love involves a total make-over, speed dating, and international heartbreak before he is finally able to reach his goal.
Beyond romance, this is a lovely character sketch, too. Meeks experience with short story writing serves him — and his characters — well and we are allowed to get to know the protagonist very well. I recommend this novel to both men and women and believe that book clubs could find ample to discuss as well. I’m already looking forward to Meeks’ next work!
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