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THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE
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With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again. When successful twenty-nine year old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, she can't explain to even her closest friends why she did it.  Somewhere beneath her sense of fun, her bravado and her independent exterior, Emily knows that her breakup with Andrew has less to do with him and more to do with…her. "You're your own worst enemy, " her best friend Jess tells her.  "It's like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart." As the holiday season looms, and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel: She is staffed on a multimillion-dollar...
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With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

When successful twenty-nine year old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, she can't explain to even her closest friends why she did it.  Somewhere beneath her sense of fun, her bravado and her independent exterior, Emily knows that her breakup with Andrew has less to do with him and more to do with…her. "You're your own worst enemy, " her best friend Jess tells her.  "It's like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart."

As the holiday season looms, and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel: She is staffed on a multimillion-dollar lawsuit where she must defend the very values she detests by a boss who can’t keep his hands to himself; her Grandpa Jack, a charming, feisty octogenarian and the person she cares most about in the world, is losing it, while her emotionally distant father has left her to cope with this alone; and underneath it all, fading memories of her deceased mother continue to remind her that love doesn't last forever. 

How this brave, original young heroine decides to take control of her life and face the fears that have long haunted her is the great achievement of Julie Buxbaum’s marvelous first novel.  Written with the authority, grace, and wisdom of an author far beyond her years, The Opposite of Love heralds the debut of a remarkable talent in contemporary fiction.  

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"Last night, I dreamt that I chopped Andrew up into a hundred little pieces, like a Benihana chef, and ate them, one by one.  He tasted like chicken.  Afterward, I felt full but slightly dissappointed.  I had been craving steak."

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About Julie

Julie Buxbaum is the author of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE. Her debut novel has been sold in eighteen different countries, has been picked for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer's Program, and is a February 2008 Book Sense Pick. Her second novel, AFTER YOU, was released...

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Published Reviews

Jan.03.2008

In the space of a few weeks, Emily Haxby breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, leaves her job at a corporate law firm, and learns that her beloved grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Suddenly, ...

Mar.06.2008

One of the pleasures of Buxbaum's novel is her manipulation of the conventions of "Sex and the City" and its literary ilk.