While reading Irreplaceable, I felt as if I were visiting another country. It was very convenient that everyone spoke American English, but I was a tourist, experiencing lives I’d never considered. I was indeed, a stranger in a strange land. In lesser hands the subject may have been sappy or repulsive. Stephen Lovely is a master, a new master, of fiction. I really loved this novel, and had a hard time putting it down. I told my Tai Chi class that I considered cancelling the class, so I could stay home and read Irreplaceable.