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DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS!,
This review is from: The Opposite of Love (Audio CD)
Perhaps it's a sign of the times. There have been several young heroines lately who would seem to have it all, but really don't know what to do with it. In brief, such is the case with Emily Haxby. She's an attractive not yet 30-year old woman with a great job at a prestigious Manhattan law firm and a wonderful boyfriend, Andrew, who is about to pop the question.
What more is there for her to do other than say yes and go bridal gown shopping? Emily can't quite manage this. In fact, when she learns that Andrew is about to propose she surprises us.
"Today, I break up with Andrew in a restaurant that has crayons on the table and peanut shells on the floor. A drunken young woman in the midst of her bachelorette party, wearing little more than a cowboy hat and tassels, attempts to organize a line dance. I realize now that I should have waited for a better backdrop."
Does that seem like a rather flip way to recount the way she dismisses the man who loves her? Emily isn't being flip - she is simply confused. Does she truly love Andrew as she once thought she did? How can she really know? Is her job fulfilling despite a lecherous boss? These are he questions that plague her.
It's not long before Emily begins to wonder whether or not she's made the worst mistake of her life in letting Andrew go. As a best friend tells her - it's like you take pleasure in breaking your own heart.
So begins Emily's journey to find herself, the person she is, the person she wants to be. There's scant help from her father with whom she has had a distant relationship since the death of her mother. And her beloved grandfather is suffering from Alzeimer's. However, Emily is a strong young woman and she seeks answers, sometimes looking in the wrong places, but eventually making happy and satisfying discoveries.
Ariadne Meyers, star of TV's Kate & Allie, offers a splendid voice performance as we hear of Emily's trials and triumphs.
- Gail Cooke