“The closet is the dark room where her things will mingle with his things.” In his newest novel, Stephen Marche digs himself into the trenches of adultery and deconstructs the subversive activity down to the very word (he suggests “adolescentry” might be a suitable alternative), taking a simple plot and giving it substantial weight through strong textual elements and offbeat realism. As such, reading this book is the closest you can come to being an adulterer without actually being one. Clearly a masterpiece in typesetting, Love and the Mess We’re In is the product of an intimate collaboration between Marche and Gaspereau’s Andrew Steeves, providing a 360-degree reading experience. Though a unique object, it would’ve been better if the story could have maintained its initial strength the whole way through. The striking format that should have served as an accessory becomes the real champion of this book.