Title Profile & Character Information

The Big Love

Annotation
Sometimes being left in the lurch is the best thing that can happen to you.Alison Hopkins's live-in boyfriend, Tom, goes out in the middle of a dinner party to buy a jar of mustard, then calls her from a pay phone to tell her he won't be coming home. He's left her for his beautiful ex-girlfriend Kate Pearce, the kind of woman about whom men say rhapsodically, 'She's like a drug.'Alison had always feared that Tom's looks would land her in trouble-having a handsome boyfriend is like having a white couch, an invitation to disaster. But if Tom isn't her Big Love, who is? Alison embraces her freedom, buys 'hiking boots and lacy underwear,' and sets out on a stroll down the midway of love. From an eye-opening fling with her new boss to an unexpected proposal from an old friend, Alison samples love's many varieties-all the while talking obsessively with her girlfriends, comparing stories, and working through a lifetime of conflicting beliefs about trust, faith, and commitment.In spite of (or perhaps because of) her neuroses, Alison finds a surprising kind of triumph-and an irrational faith that the Big Love may be nearer than it appears.

Awards
2004  Library Journal Best Books of the Year

Characters
NameHopkins, Alison
GenderFemale
OccupationColumnist
TraitSingle

GenreFiction
Love story
    --Humorous
TopicsBreak-ups
Rejection
Singles lifestyle
Reinventing oneself
Search for love
Man-woman relationships
Christian life
SettingPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Urban