Jay Coles, left and Alison Cochrun Cochrun’s Charm runs too long; Coles’ Things offers pleasant surprises TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | Bookworm SezBookwormSez@yahoo.com The Charm Offensive: A Novel by Alison Cochrun, c.2021, Atria; $17; 368 pages.
The applause is all for you this time. It’s deafening, really — perhaps because there’s a standing ovation beneath it. All the work you did, the emoting, the emotions — you know how much your fans appreciate it.
So take a bow. Drink in the love. As in the new novel, The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun, that’s one thing that’s sometimes missing in life.