Lott's first novel tells the story of Terry, whose passionate affair with her college poetry professor has left a deep and lasting impression upon her. Fifteen years later, single and living in New York City, Terry discovers Professor Rhinehart's obituary in the newspaper, and the shock prompts her to begin reevaluating her lifeâ"in particular, her unfulfilled dreams of living as an artist. Weeks later she bumps into Rhinehart, alive and well and shopping at Bloomingdale's. The two former lovers take up where they left off, slowly rekindling their relationship. By the time Rhinehart sheds his nagging but well-connected wife, Terry and Rhinehart find themselves in an unexpected, second-chance reconciliation that ultimately brings them both profound personal and professional change. The Rest of Us is a deeply moving May-December love story as well as a fascinating look into the mind and soul of a struggling artist. A well-written, deeply satisfying read, Lott's story is a thoughtful exploration of what it means to bring our dreams to life and an important reminder of the courage it takes to do so. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.