A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage - what could possibly go wrong?
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's hot lunch, dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood".
When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though - the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible - that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily ever after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy -real life or the experiment?
©2017 Sarah Dunn (P)2017 Hachette Audio
"Dunn (The Big Love) again plumbs the messiness and fallibility of romantic relationships....with hilarious results." (Publishers Weekly)
I listen to audiobooks on my commute and I liked this one enough so keep listening at home. The one complaint is that the repetition of the word "said" was extremely distracting during dialogue.
Ellen Archer's performance was great - she was able to highlight the differences between the characters with her range even though must of the characters were inherently unlikeable.
The premise is interesting. But the author went about it in the most expected way. You listen to novels to gain insight, but I didn't really learn anything from this.
Not really. I would pass on this book. I'm only halfway through and felt compelled to write a review to save readers their time. The editing job was rushed and there seemed to be no one to check it at the end. Various phrases were repeated throughout the novel that made it distracting and took you out of the story. The characters are predictable and, for the most part, unlikeable. Some of the twists and turns seemed to be dropped in for shock value rather than for actual story telling. It maybe could have worked with the right back story, but it lacked that.
Additionally, some of the character reactions are unrealistic. There are parts where Lucy is with her lover and he tells a joke and she doesn't laugh - just continues on her tangent. Yet she feels like she's in love? It didn't feel like the characters were developed properly.
I'll continue to listen since I've already paid for it, but don't really have high hopes for the remainder of the audiobook.
Interesting theoretical premise but as the theme develops and sex becomes an issue, the sexual part of the narrative is glossed over in a sentence or two
It was weird It was as if the author had a very big hang up about sex even when it was a logical and intimate part of the story
Addicted to audio books. Psychological thrillers are my favorite. Audibles fan for life!
Wow! This was entertaining, dramatic, not many twists , but still kept me enthralled wondering how Owen and Lucy would end up! It's an eye opener for sure ! Cannot wait to read more of her books!
Yes, the story and the narrator were excellent.
The ending. No spoilers :)
Sunny Bang. She is hilarious!
I felt insulted that I had paid to listen to this, Nobody in their right mind and with any morals whatsoever would even consider these situations. NO, I WILL NOT EVER READ OR LISTEN TO ANOTHER BOOK BY SARAH DUNN AND/OR ELLEN ARCHER! And no, I am not a prudish person! Just a normal one who enjoys a REAL novel!
The whole thing
Cancel the Amazon audible account
A waste of time
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