Friday, April 1, 2011
Still Life With Husband
Amazon Blurb -
Yes, it's an affair novel, but file this adroit but placid debut under chick lit for early marrieds—the ones who are not sure they want to be on the baby-house-'burbs track. At 30, Emily Ross is a Milwaukee freelance writer with a part-time job as assistant editor at a medical journal called Male Reproduction and a marriage to "steady, staid" Kevin, a technical writer she met in college. Kevin, "innocent and intolerable," wants a baby and a house. Emily is ambivalent and bored. A few pages in, Emily meets David Keller, a dark, good-looking writer/editor at the local alternative newspaper, and starts an affair. Things, as expected, do not go well, but Fox's voice is steady, moving easily between comedy and drama. Her emotionally literate delineation of character and relationship give the book texture, with Emily's relationship with her best friend, Meg, emerging as the book's most resonant. Fox draws just the right tension out of Emily's mix of honesty and self-delusion, reflection and romance, with an undercurrent of a sort of left-handed hope. For anyone who's lived through a relationship drama, though, Emily will have a decidedly entitled, gee-whiz quality that's hard to take.
Ok girls, our new choice for the month courtesy of Belle! It sounds like a good one too :) Again, I'll post a little reminder of what's going on in about 2 1/2 - 3 wks and the G author for May (unless we get a new member), and Belle can post her q's on her blog on t he 28th or 9 whichever.
I want to just take a minute to say something about book choices. We aren't going to love every book that one of us picks. If we see after 4 or 5 chapters that we wanna hang ourselves, let it go and PLEASE don't feel guilty about it. Life is too short and there are waaaaaay to many good books out there, a ton just in my tbr, to waste it reading what is amounting to kaka for you. No one should be offended, I know I wouldn't, that's what makes us special and great, we all have different tastes in book genres and what makes a book good for and to us.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am really enjoying this, I love seeing how you all have answered the ?'s and your opinions. If we could get a couple more to jump in for a good variety of book choices, that would be fantastic!!
Posted by Paula Calvanico at 10:23 AM