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The Truth About Nigel: 08/16/08
"The Truth About Nigel" by Jennifer Weiner reminds me favorably of another short story I recently read: "The Kiss in the Carry-on Bag" by Richard Peck. Both are about mistaken identities and romances that cannot be.
To Sarah Compton "he was just Nigel." They were new employees at the First Bank of London and were bumbling along together in learning their jobs. Except, Nigel wasn't Nigel and Sarah hadn't found a new boyfriend. What Sarah had found instead was unwanted attention by the tabloids.
"The Truth About Nigel" has a sweet ending, though not the Hollywood ending that one might expect. For all the frustration and annoyance, Sarah learns the value of being friendly and may have found a better suited mate than Nigel.
Of the stories I've read so far in the collection, "The Truth About Nigel" is one of my favorites. The top spot so far goes to "Leaving a Light On."
The stories in the book are: (Click on a title to read reviews).