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Single, White, Cave Man


At times like these, a man dusted off his education. Tristan seeks Isolde; Rodolfo seeks Mimi; Paolo seeks Beatrice; or the more direct approach: Come Live With Me and Be My Love. All of these, Rosso considered as leads for his bio, then rejected, when it became obvious that, with the exception of the passionate shepherd, most of the plots hinged on consumption or death...

In the end, this is the bio Rosso submitted...

Tall, dark, and passionate first-generation (normal) Italian (38). Accomplished hunter-gatherer with undergraduate degree in comparative literature. First marriage ended after a dispute over my passion for both Labs and golf. Seeking feisty, comely, brainy woman with civilizing influence to settle down and raise a family.

the story...

The only woman who appeals to Jim Rosso is Rita Dine, but she’s married to his best friend, Charles. Charles reminds Rosso that he met the beautiful, brainy and compassionate Rita through Smartheart, a dating service for Ivy League graduates. After a series of dates-from-hell, the gun-shy Rosso seeks love in earnest. If Smartheart can produce a single woman of Rita's caliber, Rosso decides it’s worth a shot. Every month, Smartheart sends him a new crop of women’s bios—some fetching and romantic, others certifiably insane, but always entertaining. To email or to chat on-line? To meet or simply phone? Tentative at first, Rosso signs on for this dizzying ride through the underworld of dating. When things get complicated, the secret lives of those he thinks he knows best unravel before him.

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