Grace Lisa Vandenburg's love of numbers defines her world-and limits it. Unable to hold down a job, Grace lives an ordered and solitary life. Her only deviations from counting are her fantasies about Nikola Tesla, mathematician and inventor of the Tesla Coil. But when she meets Seamus Joseph O'Reilly, the ensuing romance inspires Grace to seek treatment for her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Unfortunately, as therapy and medications help to diminish her need for numbers, they also begin to erode her very being. This well-crafted debut explores the assumption that sufferers of OCD need to be cured. Australian writer Jordan gets you into Grace's head in an intimate and compelling way and presents the disorder with irreverent humor and poignancy. Those who enjoyed Steve Martin's The Pleasure of My Company may be interested in this portrayal of OCD from a woman's perspective. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections.-Anika Fajardo, Coll. of St. Catherine Lib., St. Paul Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Grace Lisa Vandenburg, the narrator of this pleasant neurotic-girl-meets-boy debut, is 35 years old and has been addicted to counting since she was eight. She lives alone in Melbourne, Australia, and is on sick leave from her teaching job, filling her weeks with counting-"steps and syllables and bites and things"-and sticking to her rigid routines, which include trips to the cafe and phone calls from her mother and self-absorbed younger sister. The only person in her life Grace relates to is her 10-year-old niece, Hilary, who is as quirky and charming as Grace is. Things are fine until Grace meets Seamus Joseph O'Reilly, an Irish transplant who works at the local movie theater. Grace has not been on a date in two years and six months and hasn't been in love in forever, but as things progress with Seamus, she realizes what she has been missing. With some gentle encouragement, Grace agrees to test her boundaries and tries to find a happy medium between her obsession and living a full life. The novel does everything a sweet, agreeable romantic comedy should. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.