Jennifer Weiner has a particular gift for breezy storytelling. It's that breeziness, in part, that's helped to brand her insightful, funny work about suburban women as "chick lit," a term she both embraces and resents. While Recalculating
moves by as effortlessly as her other writing, this chilling modern-day ghost story is anything but breezy. Weiner has created yet another identifiable character in Maureen, a middle-aged woman haunted by a husband whose controlling grip remains tight around her even after his death. Drawing on Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Weiner's experiments with the paranormal achieve spooky effect. But the true horror of this story lies in the ordinary, the quiet, cruel everyday that happens behind suburbia's closed doors. Deftly structured, Recalculating
covers both the terrain of a hellish marriage and the emotional revolution of one woman's trying to find her way to freedom. Even in Maureen's darkest moments, the reader can't help but root for her. --Simone Gorrindo
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times
bestselling author of eleven books, which have spent a combined five years on the bestseller list, with over 15 million copies in print in thirty-six countries. Her iconic debut Good in Bed
is now in its fifty-ninth printing. In Her Shoes
was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Her newest novel, All Fall Down
, has become one of the best-reviewed novels of the year, hailed as “compulsively readable” by The New York Times Book Review.
A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.