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Swung Paperback – June 5, 2008
The Secret Healer
In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited. But spirited young Madlen can't resist her gift for healing, even if it puts her life in danger. Learn More
Top Customer Reviews
I've read comparison's to Yates' Revolutionary Road, which though I haven't read, I have seen the film and there's definitely a similar premise: couple moves moves into middle class abode while simultaneously condemning middle class sensibilities. They're so above it, yet they yearn for it, right?
Scottish David works in HR, and looks near unemployment. His American lover Alice is struggling with her art, and the bitchy work environment that's crippling her TV series proposal. David is impotent, and though Alice seems okay with it, he knows they both need more. And so Alice starts investigating swingers in Glasgow for work, and brings David along.
It's about sex, yet it's not all glorious. It's about a relationship, yet it's not all romance. And instead of a HEA, we're left with a vague ending that lets the reader make up for themselves what happens next. These are all things that make for a great book, and here I was thinking that "literature" (rather than "genre") wasn't for me. But best of all was that I believed it, that this situation and these characters are very real. This novel is truthful, and even if you can't relate to the sexual aspects, David and Alice's thoughts and feelings will probably ring familiar.