But Exquisite Hours is a novel about a beautiful young woman who is growing tired of wandering. Confessions of love are becoming chronic. Anaïs is too often having to resort to her last line of defence—the rufie.
In a matter of days she flees from Hong Kong to New York to Missouri to Bangladesh to Bangkok, at last to Venice, where she falls in love with her false-speaking match, a handsome young liar who survives by giving very fanciful city tours to very credulous tourists.
But will her deceitful and aimless past allow Anaïs a happy and domestic future?
This book is brilliant and ridiculous, but mostly hilarious. I didn't know what I was to expect going into it, but I don't think that a book has ever made me "belly laugh" quite like this one has. I can't exactly justify calling Exquisite Hours a light read, because it is filled with such substance. Mr. Humphreys' prose is truly remarkable. It is filled to the rim with such detail and extravagance, genuinely making the reader have an awful case of wanderlust. I nearly caught myself looking at flight costs to Venice!
The main character, Anaïs, made the journey a delight with her free spirited personality. Some may disagree, but I instantly liked her, and did so for the majority of the book. This book is ridden with deceit and charm which made it so intriguing to read, not to mention comical. From dueling in gondolas in the canals of Venice to being banned from France (for ludicrous reasons), this story was a joy. The characters were interesting, the setting was ever-changing, the tone was hilarious, and the dialogue was sharp and witty. Such a clever story.
Exquisite Hours is a gem. Quench your thirst for a little irreverent humor, I dare you! Highly recommend this one.