Max Tivoli was born aged 70 and then ages backwards. Aged 17, but looking 53, he meets Alice aged 14 and so begins his lifelong obsession. A stunningly complex and compelling examination of the nature of love and what it means to be a 'monster', as Max calls himself. Would provide reading groups with plenty to discuss.
A worthless bug but it loved her. It lived to watch her. And in its last days - for life is short for wasps - it closed up its home, stepped out from its lantern porch, dipped twice into the air, and fell at last into her life. It died, of course. A smear of brownish blood. It is a brave and stupid thing, a beautiful thing to waste one's life for love.