English is the second language of this author, and he clearly has an outstanding and most admirable knowledge of it. Whilst evident that it is not his native language, this novella was charmingly written. Whilst Mai of the title, the girl Helmy believes is 'the one' does not feature in person a great deal, she is constantly present in Helmy's thoughts along with the decisions he suddenly needs to make when he realises he has reached a crossroads in his life. He wants to grab life and opportunities with both hands, which he hopes will include Mai. I read this after reading a rather depressing and somewhat violent book and found it wonderfully uplifting.