I received a copy of this book for review from the author.
Official Summary from Goodreads
“PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romance, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.
Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.” – From Goodreads
Before the author reached out to me, I had never heard of this book. As someone whose background is distinctly non-artistic, I was excited for the change of pace that this book would give me. Disappointingly, this was far from the escape from my daily life I had hoped it would be. Between clunky dialog, an overcrowded (and generally unpleasant) cast of characters, a boring plot, and poor writing, I really had to push myself to even finish this book.