published by Algonguin 2001
Elisa, a very hip (and often shrewdly funny) young painter in Manhattan, makes a pass at Gabe, a bookish, much older man who once went to jail for dealing drugs, and they end up truly in love. She is proud when the weathered Gabe, who’s spent decades “without depending on anything turning out well,” is won over to hope in the form of marriage plans. When Elisa discovers she is HIV- positive, everything shifts. Gabe is the voice of stability and union and Elisa begins to drift toward rootlessness and the revival of an old, destructive relationship. How these two vivid, impossible people move toward living with their luck forms this least sentimental of modern love stories.