Love in the Present Tense

  • by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by David Coburn, Jeremy Redleaf, Duana Speights
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For five years Pearl has managed to keep the past from catching up to her and her bright, frail five-year-old son. Life has given her every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbor Mitch with watching Leonard while she goes off to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son off, and never returns. They are an unlikely pair: Mitch is a young, unattached business owner; and Leonard is a precocious, five-year-old boy. But together they must find a way to move forward in the wake of Pearl's unexplained disappearance. Their bond as parent and child shifts and endures, even as Mitch must eventually surrender Leonard to a two-parent home. Is it possible to love the people who can't always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Ultimately, this novel's richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.


What the Critics Say

"Brutally lyrical....Hyde movingly conveys the toll of years of emotional damage." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare." (Library Journal)


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Catherine Ryan Hyde is such an inspired writer. The book touched me in ways I have no words to explain.
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- Linda McMurray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio