Laura and Charlie Rider have been married for twelve years. They share their nursery business in rural Wisconsin, their love for their animals, and their zeal for storytelling. Although Charlie’s enthusiasm in the bedroom has worn Laura out, although she no longer sleeps with him, they are happy enough going along in their routine.
Jenna Faroli is the host of a popular radio show, and in Laura’s mind is “the single most famous person in the Town of Dover.” When Jenna happens to cross Charlie’s path one day, and they begin an e-mail correspondence, Laura cannot resist using Charlie to try out her new writing skills. Together, Laura and Charlie craft florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna in an unexpected way. The “project” quickly spins out of control. The lines between Laura’s words and Charlie’s feelings are blurred and complicated, Jenna is transformed in ways that deeply disturb her, and Laura is transformed in her mind’s eye into an artist. The transformations are hilarious and poignant, and for Laura Rider, beyond her wildest expectations.
It’s fun, easy , delightful read…you can consider as a chick lit too… but not all those copycats of “Sex and the City”. We make fun of marriage, adultery, the art of writing, even gardening. This book had me smiling with its satirical humor and insights into art and marriage and culture and, yes, class. If you expect serious discussions or stoty turning events involving adultery (as that is the base for this story) then it’s not for you…but if you want a cocktail of love story+adultery+comedy it’s for you.
.Sometimes we need a sustainable dose of wittiness and humour…Not to mention a good read with your girlfriends for your book club.. I loved it…
Jane Hamilton is the author of The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, and A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People. Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her following work, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, her novel Disobedience was published in 2000, and her last novel When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006.
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Thanks Valerie@Hachett for this lovely book and the giveaway..