In a time where Conscious Uncoupling is front of brain, our staffers have been digging into fiction that’s full of the ups and very far downs of love.
Failed first dates, infidelity and fading romance abound in this week’s round up of staff reads.
Share your thoughts on their choices – and let us know what you’re reading.
Linda Pacheco, Photo Editor
Her Pick: What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin
The protagonist of this quick, funny read is Molly Hallberg, a 39-year-old New York writer with a divorce lawyer for an ex. It’s safe to say she sucks at dating. She even flubbed a story her editor at Eye Spy magazine assigned to her: write about “finding the one” in the style of Nora Ephron’s fun and romantic movies. She finds herself juggling the affections of a seemingly sweet, successful chiropractor and a popular crime novelist she keeps bumping into.
Cute and cynical with funny, raunchy friends, Molly makes for a fun companion.
Melissa Dukovac, Account Manager
Her Pick: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty I needed a beach read to take on vacation with my kids – something mindless and fun, but not too frivolous – and some Facebook friends suggested poor Alice.
Her story begins as she comes to on the floor of her gym. As far as she knows, she is 29, happily married and pregnant with her first child. It isn’t until she arrives at the hospital that she learns her nasty fall during spin class has erased the past 10 years from her memory: she’s actually 39 with three kids (none of whom she recognizes) and in the midst of a bitter divorce from the love of her life (he was so 10 years ago!) Can’t wait to find out if regaining her memory brings back those closest to her.
Moira Bailey, News Administration Director
Her Pick: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
I’ve long meant to read this 2007 novel about an affair between famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney – both were married, and early 20th century Chicago society was unforgiving. Mamah’s before-her-time determination to find herself and follow her married lover – despite aching absences from her children and the sting of headline-fueling scandal – is a fascinating story. But I m finding it hard to love Frank as she did.
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