by Andrew Nicholl

September 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-34312-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Trade Paperback

Mrs. Agathe Stopak and Mayor Tibo Krovic have been working together for years. Agathe makes his coffee and his stability is a comfort to her everyday. They have quietly existed in each otherís working world through loneliness, death, and the changes that life has brought before them.

There is a secret that lies beneath this working relationship. Tibo is desperately in love with Agathe. He looks forward to coming to work just to see her and smell her. Agathe is slowly dying in her marriage with her husband. She is desperate for love, but from the person who no longer has the capacity to give it to her. The death of their baby did that. She is hungry and thirsty for a relationship that will make her feel significant and loved again.

As the years go by, they began to discover their feelings towards each other, but a horrible misunderstanding becomes a major hindrance to them being together. They began to really see each other, and through the help of a strega and some ghostly circus performers maybe, just maybe they can find some closure on their lives with each other.

The Good Mayor was not that good. The story continued to be drawn out and boring. I enjoy an unrequited romance as well as anyone, but it was difficult to really like this long, sorrowful story. Then the fortune telling and the circus performers that were ghosts made the story awkward. Some the characters were not just unbelieveable, but purely ridiculous. Too much detail and not enough meat for me to chew on.

Reviewed in January 2010 by Lakisha.

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