You Lost Me There Brilliance and befuddlement are twined in the DnA of Dr. Victor Aaron, the living narrator of Rosecrans Baldwin’s beautiful, brainy, offbeat first novel, You Lost… You Lost Me There Brilliance and befuddlement are twined in the DnA of Dr. Victor Aaron, the living narrator of Rosecrans Baldwin’s beautiful, brainy, offbeat first novel, You Lost… 2010-08-12 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Riverhead
Book Review

You Lost Me There (2010)

Rosecrans Baldwin, You Lost Me There | You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin
You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 12, 2010; Writer: Rosecrans Baldwin; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Riverhead

Brilliance and befuddlement are twined in the DnA of Dr. Victor Aaron, the living narrator of Rosecrans Baldwin’s beautiful, brainy, offbeat first novel, You Lost Me There. Victor, a widower in his late 50s, is the sort of genius (he’s a leading Alzheimer’s researcher) who’s a dolt when it comes to understanding emotions, either in himself or others. his subspecialty is misunderstanding women, a masculine weakness the author probes with delicacy as Victor mourns the loss of his wife, Sara.

By way of diary-like notes she left behind, Sara is, you see, equally the narrator of this scientifically erudite fiction. And a good storyteller she is, too, since in life she was a successful playwright and screenwriter. the story teeters as it concludes, but Baldwin keeps his balance with sharply drawn secondary characters: I especially like the lively Yankee-eccentric old aunt, as well as the young colleague with whom Victor has an ambivalent, erotically based liaison. (She delivers a show-stopping monologue about men and women and sex today: ''Men think women are puppets, and women go out and get surgery to look like blow-up dolls.'') Baldwin shows steadying compassion and literary flair in the dissection of miseries,identifying with equal compassion the dissatisfactions of a dead wife and the grief of a bewildered widower. Behold the irony of a specialist in memory loss whose memory of his own marriage is unreliable. A–

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Originally posted Aug 04, 2010 Published in issue #1115 Aug 13, 2010 Order article reprints
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