Reading the Art of Change is like watching your favorite sitcom. As it always is with delightful stories, you can hardly wait to finish yet would hold back for fear that something so good would end too quick.
Aurora is sure to make anyone laugh, a middle-class Ukrainian woman finding her way around Manhattan’s high society. She’s almost like salt in haute cuisine—plain yet flavorful, not to mention essential. And she goes through her daily womanly regimen with such innocent (albeit sometimes ignorant) intention—to be beautiful—that her theatrics could only be but amusing. The author was able to portray her character in such a way that you could almost hear her distinctive accent and picture he less-than-refined demeanor. Yet this same lack of sophistication when absent in some scenes makes you crave for her easy bearing amid all the seriousness of everybody else around her:
Monroe, the art critic, with his melancholy, which then vanished upon the coming of new love, in Pino Aurora’s ex-husband!
Pino, the chef, who took time to realize who he was but nevertheless went through acceptance with grace.
Nellie, the art gallery owner, who despite her uptightness found herself giving in to romance.
These characters—along with Keith (sex shrink, art patron), Charlie (big shot businessman), Anastasia (Nellie’s daughter, as uptight), Ryan (artist), Chase (Monroe’s dad), Chrissie (Charlie’s daughter), and Zoulan and Todd (Nellie’s best friends)—are like waving you in to dine and wine with them while sharing in their cornucopia of stories.
Readers will surely enjoy this book.