Behind every man is a great woman…or at least a woman. Lotto and Mathilde have one of those great, sweeping love stories. They meet at a party in college and weeks later are married. Against all odds, they remain married and in love for the ensuing decades.
The couple is happy when living as struggling artists in a tiny Manhattan apartment and blissful still when Lotto finds success as a playwright. They seem to only need love to sustain them. But when the perspective of Groff’s novel shifts at the halfway point, we learn their lives have not been as charmed as they seem. It is painstaking work to keep up the veneer of a perfect life. Great love is complicated.
3.5 (maybe 4) out of 5 stars.