I Regret Everything Review

The Book

Life is an often-confusing mixture of heartache and hilarity, or so prove Seth Greenland’s appealing characters in this tenderly comedic story of modern love. Imbued with Greenland’s signature wit, I Regret Everything confronts the oceanic uncertainty of what it means to be young and alive. Jeremy Best, a Manhattan-based trusts and estates lawyer, has a second life as the poet Jinx Bell. To his boss’s daughter, Spaulding, Jeremy, at 33, is at first, already halfway to dead. When Spaulding, an aspiring 19-year-old writer, discovers Mr. Best’s alter writerly ego, the two become bound by a devotion to poetry. Their budding relationship offers them the possibility of enduring love, or the threat of tragic loss. A skilled wordsmith with a talent for telling humor, Greenland creates fully realized characters, people that come to understand themselves as complex renderings of the human condition—at its often best, and sometimes worst. I Regret Everything explores happiness and heartache with a healthy dose of skepticism, and an understanding that the reality of love encompasses life, death, iambic pentameter, regret, trusts and estates.

The Author

Seth Greenland
Seth Greenland is the author of the novels The Bones and Shining City. His first play, Jungle Rot, was the winner of the Kennedy Center/American Express Fund for New American Plays Award, the American Theater Critics Association Award and anthologized in Best American Plays. He was a writer-producer on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love and one of the original bloggers on the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the literary journal Black Clock. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Reviews

May 22 2015
Midwest Book Review: Modern love is anything but simple, and so the delicious complexities presented in I Regret Everything will delight its readers.

May 14 2015
Unabridged Chick: A little knowing, a little sad, a lovely mix of literary and fluffy.

Mar 23 2015
Life Is Story: "Quick Hit – A story that makes you question if you are good enough as well as how each decision you make affects everything and everyone else around you."

Mar 23 2015
Peeking Between the Pages: "I Regret Everything is a beautifully written novel; at times raw and real and at others poetic."

Mar 20 2015
Los Angeles Times: Seth Greenland on I Regret Everything and "exploiting life for his art"

Mar 10 2015
NPR: Nancy Pearl of Book Lust- "So witty and yet so affecting [...] a love story for grown-ups."

Mar 7 2015
The LA Review of Books: "an intoxicating and ultimately moving modern romance."

Feb 25 2015
The New York Times, "Mr. Greenland's fourth novel proves affecting and funny."