While Alison blames herself for a devastating car accident, her estranged husband fantasizes about Alison's best friend, Claire dreams of a different life in spite of a successful career and Ben envies Alison's seemingly idyllic marriage. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
In this incisive examination of a pair of dormant marriages, a tragic car accident provides an impetus for a cheating husband to try to leave his wife of eight years. Since the other driver ran a stop sign, no one blames Alison for the accident, but she was driving after downing a pair of martinis, and a boy in the other car was killed, which leaves her in a fog of guilt. Her husband Charlie has been quietly tolerating his sense of marital entrapment for several years, and he selfishly sees the accident as his best means for escape. The couple's best friends are Claire and Ben, who have some marital issues of their own, and everyone's problems get stirred into the same pot when Charlie and Claire start sleeping together. It seems apparent that Charlie and Claire's affair is based more on their vague craving for something different, rather than a specific desire for each other, but their ordinary infidelity has some extraordinary consequences in this surprising take on a familiar story.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Disasters, Social Issues / Friendship, Human Qualities + Behavior, General, Love + Relationships + Sex, Family + Friendship
- Avon A
- June 29, 2010
- June 29, 2010
- Christina Baker Kline