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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1st Printing edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416532722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416532729
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,477,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Midwest-based Cassady's debut features a protagonist also named Eva, an editor for a New York shelter magazine who is a sardonic worrier about the pounds she's put on since her 20s. She's married to David, mother to Chloe (who is about to spend her junior year in Paris). When architect Michael Foresman wins the Pritzker Prize, and Eva's editor finds out that Eva once knew him—they had a passionate, one-week thing in college—Eva is assigned to snag an interview. As the two begin heavily reconnecting via e-mail, Eva starts working out (and enjoying it) in preparation for seeing Michael again. Cassady's novel has inspired moments: Eva's exchanges with best friend Liz and with Chloe are sharp and funny, and the web Eva weaves to separate her real life from her cyberlife rings frighteningly true. Diet and exercise tangents eventually tie in to this smart, hopeful entry into the mom lit market. (Aug.)
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"Smart, chic, and wickedly funny."
- Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of the Hot Flash Club series

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Johnson-struif on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've often heard it said that when someone in a marriage starts changing drastically, there is often a new love interest involved. That's how it happened in this book. Middle-aged, empty nester Eva reconnected with a man from her past, and from her youth. Merely the thought of seeing him again set her off on an immense personal transformation, evident through her weight loss.

At times the book was embarrassing honest. It was easy to see how women who are taken for granted by their partners respond to affection and attention - especially from someone who knew them when they were innocent, vibrant and young.

It was intriguing to see if she would, indeed, take the plunge into a full-blown affair, and which path she would ultimately take in her life.

A good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Warren on August 31, 2007
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In a culture obsessed both with misbehaving and with dieting, what a brilliant idea to bring the two together as Eva Cassady does in The Adultery Diet. It's not the extramarital activity that actually turns the heroine into a lettuce scarfing gym rat, but the desire to reclaim an earlier vision of herself, driven by an internet flirtation with an old lover. A seductive idea for any woman of a certain age. I found the book both laugh-out-loud funny and at moments wincingly honest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marta on March 22, 2009
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It was so cliched. I don't think that the characters were developed enough to get invested in them. Eva is boring and I never got the impression that she was very into overeating to begin with. I've read other books of this genre and could actually feel the character's interest in food as I read. With Eva it seemed very contrived. Her diet irked me too, but it's all too typical of women who barely eat any protein and think they have to starve to lose weight. Jennifer Weiner does a much better job with this kind of fiction.

The best friend is a total cliche: the bitter, nasty single NY career woman. So far the daughter has no personality. The poor husband is a typical non-supportive man who takes his wife for granted. There was no oomph to any of these characters.

And the old boyfriend - please! What an insufferable boor! His opinions on houses and the ocean made me despise him from his first appearance. And a big yawn to the typical NY - LA setting. I am halfway through this light read and that's why I bought it - for a light fun read. But when I can't get invested in any of the characters it's so hard. None of them are interesting enough to care about!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DT on September 17, 2008
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I have this habit of highlighting passages in books that I read. Non-fiction books, that is. However, I looked for my highlighter while reading this book. There are some passages that feature psychology and sociology in the author's observations that are uncanny and feel uncomfortably personal. You almost wince it hits that close to home.

Don't let those possible introspective moments scare you off. The book is entertaining and a fun read. The author skillfully maneuvered a number of emotional minefields for women. I'd love to know what happened to Eva after I finished the last page. Did she do what the odds say she will and regain the weight and fall back into her old patterns or did beat the odds and win by losing.

I'd love a sequel. I felt like the book was a great appetizer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marnie E. Sturm on July 27, 2008
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This is a really good and fast read. I enjoyed it very much and I don't often make through the first 50 pages of most chick lit fiction. Try it - you'll enjoy it. I esp liked how she wrote the novel as if it were a memoir but it is really a novel. Interesting approach that works very well here.
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