Sparks ex­plores real world with

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in New York

In1996, Nicholas Sparks in­tro­duced the world to Al­lie and Noah in his best-sell­ing novel The Note­book. Their story be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion.

Two decades later, Sparks con­tin­ues to prove he’s an ex­pert in ex­plor­ing real world chal­lenges in a be­liev­able ro­man­tic genre. His 20th work, Two by Two, ex­tends his im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of lit­er­ary tales.

Rus­sell Green is liv­ing a dream life. His young daugh­ter, London, is adorable; his ca­reer is tak­ing him places; and his wife, Vi­vian, is the to­tal pack­age. From the out­side look­ing in, the Greens ap­pear to be the per­fect fam­ily, but that’s not nec­es­sar­ily the case be­hind closed doors. He can’t help notic­ing that his wife is dis­tanc­ing her­self, but noth­ing can pre­pare him for the day when Vi­vian de­cides to leave the fam­ily and move to an­other state to start a high-end job.

In a mat­ter of days, he must learn­how­ton­av­i­gate the­worl­das a sin­gle fa­ther rais­ing a 6-yearold. He tack­les wash­ing dance out­fits, driv­ing to art classes, mak­ing nu­tri­tious meals and as­suag­ing the anx­i­ety of his lit­tle girl.

Through ev­ery new ex­pe­ri­ence, he de­pends on his par­ents, sis­ter and friendly art-class moms to help steer him in the right di­rec­tion. As the weeks pass, he ac­cepts his new re­al­ity and even be­gins to own his role as London’s chauf­feur, chef, nurse, play­mate and bed­time sto­ry­teller.

Two by Two is a tu­mul­tuous story wrapped in a world of bro­ken re­la­tion­ships. Sparks in­vites read­ers to take a jour­ney that stares risks and re­wards di­rectly in the face. Whether it’s ten­der­ness be­tween a hus­band and wife or af­fec­tion be­tween a fa­ther and his daugh­ter, Sparks has def­i­nitely mas­tered the art of love.

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