You Don't Love Me Yet

You Don't Love Me Yet

Book - 2007
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From the incomparable Jonathan Lethem, a raucous romantic farce that explores the paradoxes of love and art

Lucinda Hoekke spends eight hours a day at the Complaint Line, listening to anonymous callers air their random grievances. Most of the time, the work is excruciatingly tedious. But one frequent caller, who insists on speaking only to Lucinda, captivates her with his off-color ruminations and opaque self-reflections. In blatant defiance of the rules, Lucinda and the Complainer arrange a face-to-face meeting—and fall desperately in love.
Consumed by passion, Lucinda manages only to tear herself away from the Complainer to practice with the alternative band in which she plays bass. The lead singer of the band is Matthew, a confused young man who works at the zoo and has kidnapped a kangaroo to save it from ennui. Denise, the drummer, works at No Shame, a masturbation boutique. The band’s talented lyricist, Bedwin, conflicted about the group’s as-yet-nonexistent fame, is suffering from writer’s block. Hoping to recharge the band’s creative energy, Lucinda “suggests” some of the Complainer’s philosophical musings to Bedwin. When Bedwin transforms them into brilliant songs, the band gets its big break, including an invitation to appear on L.A.’s premiere alternative radio show. The only problem is the Complainer. He insists on joining the band, with disastrous consequences for all.
Brimming with satire and sex, You Don’t Love Me Yet is a funny and affectionate send-up of the alternative band scene, the city of Los Angeles, and the entire genre of romantic comedy, but remains unmistakably the work of the inimitable Jonathan Lethem.



Baker & Taylor
An employee at The Complaint Line who listens to anonymous callers air their random grievances, Lucinda Hoekke falls in love with one of her frequent callers, but her romance has unexpected complications for Lucinda and her fellow members of an alternative rock band.

Blackwell North Amer
Lucinda Hoekke spends eight hours a day at the Complaint Line, listening to anonymous callers air their random grievances. Most of the time, the work is excruciatingly tedious. But one frequent caller, who insists on speaking only to Lucinda, captivates her with his off-color ruminations and opaque self-reflections. In blatant defiance of the rules, Lucinda and the Complainer arrange a face-to-face meeting - and fall desperately in love.
Consumed by passion, Lucinda manages only to tear herself away from the Complainer to practice with the alternative band in which she plays bass. The lead singer of the band is Matthew, a confused young man who works at the zoo and has kidnapped a kangaroo to save it from ennui. Denise, the drummer, works at No Shame, a masturbation boutique. The band's talented lyricist, Bedwin, conflicted about the group's as-yet-nonexistent fame, is suffering from writer's block. Hoping to recharge the band's creative energy, Lucinda "suggests" some of the Complainer's philosophical musings to Bedwin. When Bedwin transforms them into brilliant songs, the band gets its big break, including an invitation to appear on L.A.'s premier alternative radio show. The only problem is the Complainer. He insists on joining the band, with disastrous consequences for all.

Baker
& Taylor

An employee at The Complaint Line who spends hours listening to anonymous callers air their random grievances, Lucinda Hoekke falls madly in love with one of her frequent callers, but her romance has unexpected complications for Lucinda and her fellow members of an alternative rock band in which she plays bass. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2007]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780385512183
038551218X
Branch Call Number: FICTION LETHE...J
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 22 cm

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kellibaker
Aug 14, 2012

I have read and enjoyed a lot of Jonathan Lethem's books. I tried to start this one a few years ago, but had a hard time getting into it. Some of his books start off pretty slow. This time I made myself continue it, mostly because I had nothing else to do while my son slept in my lap. It isn't my absolute favorite of his, but I did find myself enjoying it the more I read.

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vickiz
Dec 13, 2009

How interesting that author Bruce Wagner makes a fleeting cameo appearance in a party scene in Jonathan Lethem's "You Don't Love Me Yet". Lethem's slim novel about romantically adrift twenty-something Lucinda Hoekke, bass player in a fledgling alternative band, bears some resemblance to Wagner's largely Los Angeles-based collection of novels and TV and movie screenplays. The title "You Don't Love Me Yet" even echoes Wagner's "I'm Losing You", "I'll Let You Go" and "Still Holding", even though Lethem's title doesn't double as a typical telephone stock phrase/excuse. Actually, you would think he might have tried something like that, since Lucinda also answers telephones for a faux complaint line in an art installation.

Like Wagner's stories, Lethem's story is set in Los Angeles. His characters stumble (usually under the influence of one toxin or another) through the same decadent, emotionally parched terrain on the fringes of stardom, seeking and usually not finding professional, artistic or personal validation or fulfillment. While Wagner's stories have Dickensian complexity, Lethem at least musters some Dickensian names - influential radio host Fancher Autumnbreast is a favourite - but isn't able to match Wagner's absorbing depth and insight, with one exception. Lethem's characters are unsympathetic to a person, and their connections with each other don't ring true, particularly Lucinda's inexplicable and messy hookup with an enigmatic crafter of slogans that she meets when he starts calling the complaint line. The one exception is that Lethem captures vibrantly the alchemy of how individual musicians collaborate and cohere to make beautiful music.

sit_walk Nov 02, 2009

I suffered through the first few pages but unlike most of Lethem's other novels, this one didn't grab me in the slightest.

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