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Déjà vu All Over Again by Larry Brill is the story of Nate Evans, a man on the wrong side of fifty who feels like the universe has given him the short end of the stick. His wife has had an affair, his home has been annihilated, and his mother has taken up nude Tai Chi. In his youth Nate had a girlfriend named Julie Cooper (later, Cooper-Finch), whom he foolishly broke up with in high school. Nate believes this to be the beginning of the end for him and the moment his life started a perpetual nosedive with little respite in between. Then, Nate discovers Julie is widowed...but about to take another trek down the aisle with someone else. In an effort to win back the girl who should have always been his, Nate moves back to his hometown to try to resuscitate the long-lost romance at any cost.
Larry Brill delivers lighthearted entertainment with some good laughs in his novel Déjà vu All Over Again. Nate is a character who is so unbelievably bad that it's actually good, once you get past some seriously cringe-worthy motivating factors behind his plight. The ancillary characters are truly where the fun is at, particularly his liberal, free-wheeling California mother and stepfather, who seem to have the answers to everything. “Your problem is that you should have married a nice girl instead of a lawyer, of all things. I told you that was trouble.” Déjà vu All Over Again is worth a read over a long weekend, and recommended to all who enjoy light and bubbly satire about looking back while ultimately trying to move forward.