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I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Novel Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: One way to read Courtney Maum’s funny, smart, frothy first novel is as a primer on why cheating on your spouse is a terrible idea--especially when your wife is beautiful, and French, and a lawyer, and the mother of your child, and she loves you. Another take: monogamy is hard and, as the protagonist puts it, sometimes we need a “secret line to something private.” Or maybe that’s just a lame excuse for self-indulgence. Richard Haddon is a British artist living the perfect ex-pat’s life with his wife, Anne, and daughter in Paris. When his mistress dumps him, and Anne learns of the affair, he struggles not only to win her back, but to revive his passion for fidelity. Richard can be a maddening doofus, and whether you root for him or not may depend on your taste for rom-com sweetness. (There’s a written-for-the-screen quality at work here; I’ve already mentally cast Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.) What lifts the novel above the love lost and found tale is Maum’s well-drawn cast of quirky supporting characters and her exploration of the creative process, primarily Richard’s attempt to rediscover himself as an artist. Is it better to create safe, commercial art and take care of your family or take a risk on art that matters? And is a U.S. passport in a washing machine full of oil a brilliant anti-war protest or just weird? At the core of this clever debut is a bigger question: how do you recover from infidelity and become a better man? --Neal Thompson
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If you enjoyed Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Beautiful Ruins, any Jonathan Tropper books, The Family Fang, this book is perfect for you. Like with all those books, men and women alike will like this in equal measure, and I think you'll be sure to find it laugh-out-loud funny, and ultimately a very moving story about just how hard--and rewarding--marriage and love is.
Anne's attitude toward the once-important painting doesn't truly surprise Richard. While they were once crazily in love, they have drifted farther and farther apart, until they are more like roommates than romantic partners. This state of impersonal coexistence was in place even before Richard began his seven-month-long affair with Lisa, an American he met in an art gallery. Lisa writes letters to Richard from London these days, sending them to his gallerist, Julien. The letters are difficult for him to read, or to even understand her reasoning for penning them. After all, she broke up with him, matter-of-factly informing him that she planned to marry a London cutlery designer named David. Now Richard doesn't know how to feel about Lisa. He yearns for her but also almost hates her, partly because she is the one who ended their relationship, even as she demanded he finish whatever has seemingly dulled his soul.
When Richard arrives at Julien's gallery to pick up Lisa's latest letter, Julien has news. The Blue Bear has sold, for quite a big chunk of cash. Richard had been positive that no one would want it.Read more ›
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I really dislike the book synopsis for I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. I don't think it is accurate at all. It is not a reverse love story. Read more
Learned about the French, internally. You never really know a culture until you've lived with a family.Published 2 months ago by Dottie Branch
I enjoyed this. It's a romantic story about an unlikely couple. I thought it was good. A change of pace.Published 2 months ago by Ashley
Great story, very good character development, great ending. What more could you ask for 😏Published 2 months ago by RB
This book was ok though it didn't really wow me. It's a fun read if you're on the beach or something but the protagonist gets kind of annoying after a while.Published 3 months ago by Cece
Such a wonderful tale of forgiveness and a man who loved his wife enough to fight for her! I hope to be loved by my husband like this and to be able to forgive like this.Published 4 months ago