Author: Evan J. Mandery
Title: Q : a novel
Publication Info: New York, NY : Harper, c2011.
An unnamed narrator tells the story of Q, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, the love of his life. After meeting, dating, and planning to marry, an older version of the narrator arrives via time travel to tell him that he can’t marry Q. He takes his elder self’s advice and tries to move on with his life. But then more and more time traveling future selves arrive, constantly interfering with his life.
This may be the most twee novel I’ve ever read. It pushed the limits of Poe’s Law, making me wonder if this is the ultimate New York hipster with affectations novel, or just a parody of New York hipster with affectations. I eventually decided that it’s later, and to its credit parts of this novel are laugh out loud funny. The conclusion is also very satisfying. But to get to that point – whoa boy – it was tough to not just give up reading.