I read a review by Marion Winik for Newsday (who is a good writer in her own right) about The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald. Winik likes the book and concludes her review by saying, "A little Irving, a little Doctorow, a little Winston Groom (“Forrest Gump”)—Grunwald’s fifth novel is storytelling for story lovers; realism with an enchanting touch of fairy tale."
From the publisher's website:
It is the middle of the twentieth century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.
From his earliest days as a “practice baby” through his adult adventures in 1960s New York City, Disney’s Burbank studios, and the delirious world of the Beatles’ London, Henry remains handsome, charming, universally adored—and never entirely accessible to the many women he conquers but can never entirely trust.
Filled with unforgettable characters, settings, and action, The Irresistible Henry House portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-twentieth century even as it explores the inner tumult of a young man trying to transcend a damaged childhood. For it is not until Henry House comes face-to-face with the real truths of his past that he finds a chance for real love.