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Monday, June 20, 2011

My Review of “Husband and Wife” Plus Link to Summer Reading Giveaway

 If you click this link, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210858272287987 , the FaceBook Group I bet we can make these books best sellers is hosting a public event, Summer Reading Challenge & Giveaway.

About The Giveaway:

To enter this giveaway, read one of the books on the group's reading list, post your review on amazon, barnes & noble, indigo etc. or goodreads or your blog and post the link on the events page or email it to me at catherinemckenzieauthor@gmail.com . THE PRIZE will be a complete set of the books on the reading list. Contest runs till August & you can enter once for each book. Spreading the word through Facebook & Twitter will earn you extra entries. Happy summer reading!

Here is the reading list:

Jessica Z. - Shawn Klomparens
Two Years, No Rain - Shawn Klomparens
Husband & Wife - Leah Stewart
The Day the Falls Stood Still - Cathy Marie Buchanan
Deep Down True - Juliette Fay
Lydia - Tim Sandlin
The Wilding - Benjamin Percy
The Last Will of Moira Leahy - Therese Walsh
Remedies - Kate Ledger
What I Thought I Knew - Alice Eve Cohen

Of course, I am attending, so onto my review…

Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart, Blurb from Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7506174-husband-and-wife:

In this new novel by the celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me, a young mother discovers that her husband's novel about infidelity might be drawn from real life.
Sarah Price is thirty-five years old. She doesn't feel as though she's getting older, but there are some noticeable changes: a hangover after two beers, the stray gray hair, and, most of all, she's called “Mom” by two small children. Always responsible, Sarah traded her MFA for a steady job, which allows her husband, Nathan, to write fiction. But Sarah is happy and she believes Nathan is too, until a truth is revealed: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based in fact.
Suddenly Sarah's world is turned upside down. Adding to her confusion, Nathan abdicates responsibility for the fate of their relationship and of his novel's publication—a financial lifesaver they have been depending upon—leaving both in Sarah's hands. Reeling from his betrayal, she is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know Nathan? And, more important, how well does she know herself?

For answers, Sarah looks back to her artistic twenty-something self to try to understand what happened to her dreams. When did it all seem to change? Pushed from her complacent plateau, Sarah begins to act—for the first time not so responsibly—on all the things she has let go of for so long: her blank computer screen; her best friend, Helen; the volumes of Proust on her bookshelf. And then there is that e-mail in her inbox: a note from Rajiv, a beautiful man from her past who once tempted her to stray. The struggle to find which version of herself is the essential one—artist, wife, or mother—takes Sarah hundreds of miles away from her marriage on a surprising journey.

Wise, funny, and sharply drawn, Leah Stewart's Husband and Wife probes our deepest relationships, the promises we make and break, and the consequences they hold for our lives, revealing that it's never too late to step back and start over.

My Review:

Husband and Wife is a very real, very raw, emotional book about dealing with infidelity. Most of the wife’s thoughts tend toward the negative, and most of the book is written in her thoughts. The story is one bumpy ride to read, one that made me give my own husband a few extra hugs. In fact one night when reading the end, I snuggled a little closer to him as well once I closed the book. It is an easy read as far as the way it is written, and maybe it is too easily understood, too close, makes one feel vulnerable to how life can change on a dime that makes it a tough read as well. When I shared more poignant passages with my husband, he agreed with me that while negative, the author portrayed a harsh reality of this world. 

Would I recommend this book? Guess that all depends on who is asking. I would think you have to be in a good state of mind to endure the emotional roller-coaster Sarah is on. It never was a pick me up book. I have been around quite a few marriages in the last few years that ended because of cheating, and I would have to say this book seemed very accurate as one looking in on those situations, the support side. However, I don’t think I would recommend the read to any of those people any time soon. Well, maybe one who I think may benefit from the commiserating in their joint anger. LOL There is therapy to be found in commonality. It is a touchy subject, one I think that this author handled very well, with a brilliance actually in portraying such raw emotions. I am really anxious to now read The Myth of You and Me.

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