Oxford Messed Up by Andrea Kayne Kaufman
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Grant Place Press (November 17, 2011)
Oxford Messed Up is a unique literary love story that transports readers on a meaningful and emotional journey where the academic world of Oxford, the music of Van Morrison, and an old claw-foot bathtub serve as a backdrop for learning, self-discovery, and transcendent love. Rhodes Scholar Gloria Zimmerman is an academic superstar who has come to Oxford University to study feminist poetry. Yet the rigors of the academy pale in comparison to her untreated Obsessive-Compulsive
Disorder, fueled by her overachieving parents and manifested in a deathly aversion to germs and human contact. Her next-door neighbor (who is also, to her mortification, her loomate) is Henry Young, the appealing but underachieving musician son of an overbearing and disapproving Oxford don. Still mourning the death of his supportive mother while enduring the mockery of his disapproving and merciless father, Henry is haunted by the unexpectedly serious ramifications of a reckless and tragic youth. Gloria and Henry’s relationship evolves from a shared obsession with Van Morrison’s music into a desire on the part of each to fill in the gaps in the life of the other. Yet the constraints of a debilitating illness and the looming revelation of a catastrophic secret conspire to throw their worlds into upheaval and threaten the possibilities of their unlikely yet redemptive love.
This is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. It took me quite a few pages to get into it. Once you reach that point though, it’s one of those books that keep you on an emotional roller coaster. It’s got love, music, poetry, and even some OCD.
Another thing it has is words that are repeated and then repeated some more. Drove me kinda nuts. But, if you can get past that, the book is interesting, to say the least. And I loved the short chapters.
The characters are most definitely life like. They have their own quirks, emotional strengths and weaknesses and like us all, doubts about ourselves.
If you’re looking for a read that is a little different, this is the book. If you’re looking for a read that will make you feel all kinds of emotions, this is the book. If you’re looking for a read that will make you carry the characters with you long after you’ve read the last word, this is the book.
About The Author:
As both an educator and attorney, Andrea Kayne Kaufman has worked closely on issues relating to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Kaufman is currently the chair of the Department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum at the DePaul University College of Education in Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
She lives with her husband and two children in Chicago.
Andrea will be offering the Ebook edition for $ .99 on Amazon from May Day thru Cinco de Mayo – May 1-5.