Judith Newman, FRANCINE PROSE, ALLISON LYNN, and LIZA NELSON
August 14, 2006 12:00 PM

By Lolly Winston

REVIEWED BY ALLISON LYNN

FICTION

In Lolly Winston’s follow-up to her ’04 hit Good Grief, Elinor Mackey is down in the dumps after failing to conceive and learning that her podiatrist husband is having an affair—with his trainer. The two go through the reconciliation motions—therapy, introspection, fury—until complications arise in the form of the trainer’s 10-year-old son. Yet this is no stock relationship novel. Elinor’s wit, as well as Winston’s keen eye for humor in moments of despair, elevate this touching, comic tale above the crowded pack.

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