It must be difficult to write a vignette that is both engaging and intelligent. Add to that a bit of irony, and it is a tall order for a short story. However, Curtis Sittenfeld certainly exceeded my expectations. The reader is able to get a good sense of both Heather and Brock's personal struggles in a short time. Of course, it goes without saying that Diane Lane doesn't disappoint as the narrator. One word of caution: keep in mind that short stories are often not fully resolved, so this may frustrate some readers.
Atomic Marriage is about sixty minutes of somewhat childish, adult humor on married life. It’s not a comedy or even out-right, “Ha-ha” funny, but it’s definitely one where you'll find yourself chuckling. I liked the story, but I did not like the protagonist.
To me, Hatcher was projecting her pretentiousness onto Lewis. And she was so freaking full of herself that I'd hoped she wound up humiliated. And then in the end... Oops! I can’t say what happened, because that would be giving away SPOILERS! Even though she irritated me, I loved how things began to change about her and her views on her marriage, as well as herself. That’s what a good story is all about, even if the main character doesn’t realize it.
Because the story is less than an hour long, I can’t make a long review for Atomic Marriage. The story covers a few issues that may or may not be sensitive to PC people. Heck, it may not offend, but know that with Lewis carrying a strict, religious view, the story may cause you to want to develop a callous. I don't think you will, because it's not long enough, but I'm just saying: be warned. Leave preconceived notions at the book's cover, you won't be able to figure this one out, unless you're reading it. And that’s all I've got to say about that. You'll like it. Lol
So grab Atomic Marriage- see if Sittenfeld is an author you could get with. I’m off to the next read. Cheers! For the full review: www dot areneehunt dot com