Debut novel is almost too perfect

A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins. Penguin Viking, €16.35. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

3rd March, 2013
Scott Hutchins: his work contains prose that is smooth and unfailingly competent.

A Working Theory of Love

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In many ways, Scott Hutchins's A Working Theory of Love is a perfect example of the 21st-century American debut novel. It's got all the ingredients: a wisecracking-but-melancholy single thirtysomething male narrator; a troubled-but-fascinating young female barista with whom he has a nervous affair; a non-threatening ex-wife with whom he may or may not be still in love; and characters working in a job that offers plenty of opportunities for wry...

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