A Question of Love

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 May, 2006, 12:00am

A Question of Love

by Isabel Wolff

HarperCollins, $112

Isabel Wolff's A Question of Love deserves better than the cover illustration of a curly-haired girl wearing a heart-shaped pendant and a vacuous look. True, the novel falls into the chick-lit category; yes, the narrative is far from demanding; and, yes, the protagonist is a single female who falls for Mr Wrong. But readers should still come away feeling as though the book has taught them something - not least because the protagonist, abandoned wife Laura Quick, is a quiz-show host whose head is filled more with facts than fanciful ideas. None of which prepares her for the arrival of an ex-boyfriend on her TV quiz show Turn the Tables. Luke, in winning round one, can ask one question. If Quick can't answer correctly, his pot of money doubles. What does he ask? 'Would you have dinner with me some time?' They end up together again, but doubts soon arrive. Quick has to question why her husband quit their marriage and whether she'll have the same effect on her new man. Although reviewers gave the book the thumbs up, one comment stood out for its backhanded compliment: 'Too clever for chick-lit,' said London's Time Out magazine.



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