Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges), who teaches mathematics at the same university, has been hurt by passionate relationships and longs for a sexless union based on friendship and respect with someone he's not sexually attracted to.
While Rose is resigned to life's short change, Greg decides to fight his plight and seek the impossible. The mathematics genius places an ad that reads, "Columbia University professor (male) seeks a woman interested in common goals and companionship. Must have Ph.D. and be over thirty-five. Physical appearance not important." Through an act of deception typical of Rose's near-amoral sister, Greg and Rose meet. They are decidedly different in virtually every way, but find one another deliriously compelling. Rebelling against customary modern pressures, they come together on comfortable, if shaky, common ground. They form an unorthodox marital arrangement in which intellectual passion supplants sexual heat.
The contract has an air of nobility, yet it negates some basic human needs. They will come to learn that two people who meet, marry and remain celibate are courting confusion and chaos -especially if one of them undergoes a major change that messes up their carefully concocted equation.blog comments powered by Disqus
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