Emily Haxby's life seems to be spiraling out of control in spite of the best efforts of her friends and co-workers. A lawyer in a prestigious law firm, Emily enjoys the benefits of her job, but struggles under the workload her lecherous boss demands when she thwarts his advances.
A two-year relationship with her boyfriend Andrew is going well until she realizes he plans to propose. Fear of such a huge commitment throws her into a panic causing her to end their wonderful friendship.
If that is not enough, she and her father are at odds, and the most important person in her life shows signs of Alzheimer's. Upset over the now defunct romance, frustrated with her father, and overwhelmed by her workload, Emily gives notice and walks away.
First time novelist Julie Buxbaum has written a poignant and provocative story of a woman who feels she has lost control of her life and does not know how to get back on track. The story unfolds with the momentum of an ocean wave carrying its characters to an inevitable conclusion. The deep heartfelt emotions of several characters show Buxbaum's ability to get in touch with who her characters are and how their lives intertwine.
Strong friendships and help from an unexpected source bring our heroine to a life changing decision. With humor and a surprising depth of perception into the foibles of humanity, Buxbaum holds the readers attention throughout. A wonderful thought-provoking story whose characters will stay in your heart long after you read the last line.
With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again. When successful twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, she can’t explain to even her closest friends why she did it. Somewhere beneath her sense of fun, her bravado, and her independent exterior, Emily knows that her breakup with Andrew has less to do with him and more to do with...her. “You’re your own worst enemy,” her best friend Jess tells her. “It’s like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart.” As the holiday season looms and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel: she is assigned to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit where she must defend the very values she detests by a boss who can’t keep his hands to himself; her Grandpa Jack, a charming, feisty octogenarian and the person she cares most about in the world, is losing it, while her emotionally distant father has left her to cope with this alone; and underneath it all, fading memories of her deceased mother continue to remind her that love doesn’t last forever. How this brave, original young heroine finally decides to take control of her life and face the fears that have long haunted her is the great achievement of Julie Buxbaum’s marvelous first novel. Written with the authority, grace, and wisdom of an author far beyond her years, The Opposite of Love heralds the debut of a remarkable talent in contemporary fiction.