Which Brings Me to You

Which Brings Me to You

by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott

I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond.

I am skeptical of gimmicks, and this novel has a big one. Its co-authors trade chapters through most of the book, writing letters of romantic confession. He said, she said, I get it. Fortunately, it works. At the start of Which Brings Me to You, Jane and John meet at a wedding and are starting to get to know each other better on the floor of the coatroom when he decides no, I can’t. I actually might like this woman and I want to get to know her first. She’s like all ‘great, he’s sensitive’, but agrees to a series of confessional letters before they get together again in person. The letters are funny, sad, hurtful, insightful, drunken, clear-eyed, and make for a more interesting story than I was anticipating. I am not a believer in full disclosure but it seemed to work for John and Jane. The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond. I’m Kim Alexander on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond.

This novel is a series of increasingly confessional letters between John and Jane, who decide to get to know one another inside and out, good and bad, before they get physical. While it works in the context of this book and makes for some good reading, I personally would just as soon not know. What I want to hear is that every woman before me was a troll with a third grade reading level, and your life was a misery until I floated like a Disney rose petal into your arms. But that wouldn’t fill a whole book. So in Which Brings Me to You we hear about grade school crushes and college passion, disappointments and embarrassments. Considering how much emotional baggage we all drag around, that anyone gets together is a mystery. Which Brings Me to You works to unravel what brings people together, drives them apart, and what remains after the relationship is over. . The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond. I’m Kim Alexander on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond.

Often in the world of romantic fiction we hear about one side — her side — the guy is a cad, and she’s got a pure heart and only wants to be loved. This book is different and refreshing. Which Brings Me to You is set up as a series of increasingly intimate confessional letters between John and Jane, who decide they may have a shot — if they get to know each other without the physical thing getting in the way. Turns out, he’s a self confessed cad, but he’s learned how to behave. And guess what? She’s no princess, just as badly behaved, and not quite as grown up as she liked to believe. In Which Brings Me to You, they drag every nasty breakup, disappointment and embarrassment out into the light with some very nice writing, and it turns out that everyone has dated a certifiable crazy person, not just me! The book on the whole is funny, sad, sometimes excruciating — just like a relationship. ┬áThe book is Which Brings me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond. I’m Kim Alexander on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond.

When you meet someone who may be ‘the one’ — how much do you reveal? In this co-authored novel, Jane and John go for the gusto and lay out the stories of their lives in a series of confessional letters. The idea is to only talk about past loves, but of course that gets all twisted up with family, friends, food, art, life and death. They reveal a whole lot more than I would be willing to but I am not a believer in confession — I like a little mystery. Fortunately, in Which Brings Me to You, ┬áJohn and Jane’s letters are some good reading, or maybe their lives were just more interesting. After knowing each other, warts and all, their meeting in person is as awkward and weird as you’d think, and that’s something I really liked about this book — it goes past the obviousness of the gimmick and heads for the truth of what men and women will do to find ‘the one’. The book is Which Brings Me to You by Juliana Baggott and Steve Almond. I’m Kim Alexander on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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