I’ve cried no less than (count ‘em!) four times since last week–including hot, fat tears while watching The Sound of Music cast reunite on Oprah–but my biggest sob-fest came when I finished reading the book One Day by David Nicholls.
It’s a messy, funny, sweet, beautiful modern-day love story…but I haven’t cried like that since I closed the cover on Atonement.
You’ve probably either seen One Day at your local Barnes and Noble, or read about it in Entertainment Weekly or the New York Times, since it’s basically the hottest book of the summer that didn’t include girls with tattoos and hornets nests.
The inevitable movie version has already wrapped filming, starring Anne Hathaway and the delicious Jim Sturgess and adapted by Focus Features, the British studio who brought us Atonement (hey!), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Brokeback Mountain.
The book is essentially a British “When Harry Met Sally” love-story, but with a hearty dose of regret, remorse, sadness, missed opportunity, and wistfulness. The plot, meanwhile, centers around a quote from the poetic, haunting Tess of the d’Urbervilles: one of my favorite books of all time, but not what you’d call a feel-good read (huge understatement).
If you’re an Anglophile, you’ll get even more out of One Day, since it’s packed with cultural references, allusions and inside jokes, and is nicely bookended by scenes in the gorgeous old-world city of Edinburgh, Scotland.
I wish I could go back to the beginning and read this book all over again, for the first time. It’s that enjoyable.