The Year for November and May is both a complex, serious read and a light, bubbly read filled with flawed, fascinating and fun characters and also with lots of romance. If the reader looks past the superficial, he or she will find a layered story filled with symbolism. As mentioned, it does have its serious moments; yet, the story manages to become buoyant and to rise up to the surface over and over again for a bit of fresh air and an enjoyable swim. I would liken the book as “Chick Lit with a Serious Twist” because the world of mental illness is not usually written in a light-hearted, romantic way.
The book takes the reader into the life of Carrie who becomes a paralegal for a prestigious, defense medical malpractice law firm. The downtown firm represents hospitals and doctors within the big city. Her boss, Mr. Jeffrey Davis, Esq. (Jeff), one of the main partners at the firm of Todaro, Weltman and Davis, is an absolute narcissistic rogue, and Carrie unwittingly thinks she has fallen in love with him. However, as a result of Jeff's lying, cheating and gaslighting ways, she comes close to suffering another breakdown and losing her beloved job.
Carrie longs to become a “normal,” but her craziness eventually comes to light, and she gets found out by her coworkers, her boss and Human Resources. In the end, however, she overcomes and finds true love and success.
The Year for November and May is an inspirational read for anyone who believes in true love and who believes good will always trump everything in the end.