The Reasons I Won't Be Coming The most memorable characters in Elliot Perlman's nine invigorating stories in The Reasons I Won't Be Coming are passionate, articulate monologuists who can't stop explaining… The Reasons I Won't Be Coming The most memorable characters in Elliot Perlman's nine invigorating stories in The Reasons I Won't Be Coming are passionate, articulate monologuists who can't stop explaining… 2005-12-01 Fiction Riverhead
Book Review

The Reasons I Won't Be Coming (2005)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 01, 2005; Writer: Elliot Perlman; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Riverhead

The most memorable characters in Elliot Perlman's nine invigorating stories in The Reasons I Won't Be Coming are passionate, articulate monologuists who can't stop explaining themselves to people from their pasts. In the melancholy ''Hong Kong Fir Doctrine,'' a law professor pours out his heart to the married woman who broke off their affair and whom he still adores. Another man holds a mental conversation with an ex-girlfriend as he lies in bed after his first night with a new lover in ''Good Morning, Again,'' a deeply odd, sad little love story. Not every tale shows this kind of originality, but all are enlivened by Perlman's intelligence, verbal energy, and mischievous wit.

Originally posted Nov 25, 2005 Published in issue #852 Dec 02, 2005 Order article reprints