Librarian and Book Lust
author Nancy Pearl named The Man in
the Window one of her rediscoveries. The premise that two people
can see past physical repulsiveness and find love is engaging.
Unfortunately, author Jon Cohen doesn’t deliver well on that premise.
The man in the window, Louis Malone, has been a recluse for half his
life, since a fire disfigured his face at age 16. Nurse Iris Shula,
short and squat, has never been loved. The book is two-thirds finished
before they are even brought together, and the ambiguous ending leaves
up in the air (pun for those of you who finish the book) whether they
actually will have a relationship.
Cohen can deliver amusing scenes and colorful characters, but much
of the material is tangential to the love story that the back cover
says the book is about.
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