I started reading this novel thinking it was a romance with a cute angle; two nerds who first met each other at a national spelling bee when they were children. Underneath, though, it is that age-old plot of a man and a woman who finally come together after overcoming life's obstacles.
Stanley (a crossword puzzle constructor) and Vera (a mathematics professor) use their unique skills to stay in touch with each other even as their lives play out in different cities. It's only after Stanley understands his true feelings for Vera that he attempts to find her, through crossword puzzle clues.
This is a clever novel that shows that there is someone for everyone; even if finding that person can take a lifetime.
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