Chemistry is what everyone hopes for when meeting somebody for the first time. Yet, too often, relationships soon evolve into a union akin to rubbing two wet sticks together and hoping for fire, then hanging on for dear life should the spark produce flames of any size.
In Attempted Chemistry
, Jeff Gomez, author of the cult favorite Our Noise
, charts the lives and loves of a variety of Manhattan men and women who find that it’s not establishing the foundation of a relationship that’s difficult, it’s building the whole house that’s hard. In sharp prose and dead-on dialogue, these characters lead lives of restless discontent and desperation.
There’s Daniel and Eileen, a newly cohabiting boyfriend and girlfriend who are quickly realizing the difference between dating and living together; Josh and Kendra, a young married couple who are facing the first real challenges of their marriage; Keith and Brie, a couple who lie to themselves as much as to each other; and the singles Rick, Mike, Leslie, and Cressandra, all of whom try for love in various guises, yet just can’t seem to make a connection.
Sad, funny, and poignant, Attempted Chemistry
is a book about trying to find communion with another soul; a process that all of us have gone through at some point in our lives, in our search for love, happiness, and, of course, chemistry.