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From Publishers Weekly

In a compelling fiction debut, Fonseca takes syndicated health columnist Jean Hubbard, an Oxford-trained lawyer, through a dramatic demonstration of the limits of attachment. Jean is filing her columns from the remote Indian Ocean island of St. Jacques, where her advertising-genius husband, Mark, has moved them. Their time there is disrupted when Jean intercepts a salacious letter from Mark's London office, which leads her in turn to an e-mail signed by a lubricious Giovana (Jean immediately notices the odd single n). The e-mail features explicit attachments, and without reflecting on the consequences, Jean, writing as Mark, begins an e-mail correspondence with Giovana. Ensuing events occur in a beautifully orchestrated dramatic arc, drawing in Mark's unscrupulous business partner; Jean's stricken father in New York; Mark's first love's daughter; Jean's former beau; and the secret that pushes the 23-year marriage further toward the precipice. Fonseca's nonfiction Bury Me Standing drew a vivid portrait of the international Gypsy community, and she shifts locales and emotional registers with evocative ease here, delving deeply into her ensemble's motivations. She's as unsparing of their flaws as she is frank about their desires. (May)
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From The New Yorker

A cultured British couple who pride themselves on unconventionality decamp to an island in the Indian Ocean, intending to continue their careers (his, advertising; hers, a women’s-health column) via the Internet. Then the wife opens a smutty letter to her husband, apparently from a lover. Rather than endure this affair, after twenty-three years of marriage, she goes online masquerading as her husband, and initiates an X-rated e-mail relationship with her rival. The plot strains credulity, but Fonseca’s vivisection of matrimony and desire is cruelly exacting. She likens pornography to a bullfight, at first "mesmerizing, upsetting, with scattered moments of surprising grace," yet ultimately disappointing. "How in the world," she wonders, "could it be boring and arousing at the same time?"
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  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017SWP5C
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa the history professor on June 1, 2008
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I read Fonseca's non-fiction study of the gypsies, which had an engrossing subject but was not well organized. I had hoped that her interesting life had led her to write engaging fiction, and I was moved to buy the book after reading about it in the New York Times.

From the start, I was not at all convinced by the character's behaviors. I needed much more psychological background about what would drive a woman to pretend to be her husband and correspond with the "other woman." It is unclear why the woman chooses not to confront her husband.

The characters of this book did not feel fully evolved. The dialogue, especially that of the American characters, did not read as truly American in style. Much of what they said resembled English phrasing (where Fonseca now lives) rather than American. When the characters are in New York, one should feel that through the language.

Characters in the book exit and enter scenes clumsily. Sometimes someone has seemed to have left the scene, but suddenly, there they are again. I beleive the editors did Fonseca a disservice by not catching more of these little inconsistencies.

I was really ready to enjoy this book, but is feel flat with me. I really tried to make myself read it, but why, I am not sure.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Compulsive Reader on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Attachment has been advertised as a "bold" fictional debut that "reaches from the Indian Ocean to London and New York" and "into the most confounding precincts of the human heart." While the other claims are arguable, it's certainly confounding. The biggest question is, why would anyone care about the protagonist when she demonstrates nothing but the most humorless pomposity and self-obsession? Her every other character is a cardboard cut-out, and the prose is so overwritten as to be indigestible. In the end, who could blame the fictional husband for having an affair?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rachel@oldmustybooks on May 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Attachment is Isabel Fonseca's fiction debut. This is a book about a woman who is, on the surface, pretty comfortable with her life, as a writer living on a remote island with her husband. That is, until she finds a risque letter to her husband. This initiates a whole string of emails between the woman and her husband's lover. The woman seems to be in the midst of a self-image breakdown as she's dealing with insecurity, deceit, dishonesty and manipulation from every relationship she is a part of.

There are almost no developing relationships that really give you insight into who she is, or even was, at some point in her life. There is very little actual attachment in these relationships at all. There are classic appearances of an overbearing mother, an ex-boyfriend, a past lover, and an insensitive and overachieving co-worker. The language used by the main character seems odd in some areas of the book. There are few areas where the basic vocabulary used by the characters were substituted by obscure words the reader will have to look up. Upon reading the book, the reader could become a bit confused as to who the antagonists are. There are quite a few and some even flip back and forth in the end. The ending is a bit unbelievable and doesn't really have much cohesion.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pluvius on May 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having read the endless puff about Fonseca in the New York Times and other publications, I was expecting a graceful and intelligent piece of work. Attachment is neither. How this talentless woman ever got this book published in the first place is beyond me. (Marriage to a famous author, anyone?)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Juan Pablo on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent novel: sly, sophisticated, funny, contemporary. It evokes a wonderful sense of place, reveals characters and their relationships in all their ambiguity and complexity (and what relationship is not complex and ambiguous?) and begins with the glorious premise: just how far can a misunderstanding unravel a marriage? It's worth reading just for the wise asides. I was confused by some of the other reviews - what mealy-mouthed planet are these readers on? Confound them! I could not put this book down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By beach bunny on February 24, 2009
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I really loved this book. I started reading it one morning and did not get out of bed (not a habit) until I had finished. I identified with Jean, (I would definitely try anything to connect with my husband's slutty mistress), the locations and the pitfalls of a lengthy marriage. I liked the twists and turns of the plot and was enthralled through the rather unpredictable end. I highly recommend Attachment, its a great read!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By reader210 on March 19, 2009
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I loved reading Attachment and felt very involved with Jean's decisions and path. This is a very thoughtful and enjoyable novel with much to say about marriage and personal development. Highly recommend reading Attachment!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on December 1, 2008
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I read this based on good critical reviews. Boy, was I disappointed! I found the main character to be completely unlikeable and not fully developed. Indeed, none of the characters were relatable or likeable. It also seemed like the author started many different plots and dropped them just as quickly. This book isn't worth your time or energy and I echo the other reviewers who wondered how it even got published.
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