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An introspective look at women and relationships
on August 25, 2011
I found this to be a solid, if not wonderful, story. Sylvie is a far from perfect mother who devotes herself completely to her politician husband while losing herself in the process. Her daughter, Diana, is the most unbelievable of the female protagonists. That she would marry such a sniveling, annoying man is beyond belief. However, maybe Weiner did this so we could believe that she would have a hot and heavy affair even though she had a young son. The younger daughter, Lizzie, is a recovering addict trying to rebuild her life. She meets a very nice man but has no idea how to have a normal relationship. I found her character to be the most hopeful. When Sylvie's husband, Richard, is found out to have had an affair, she has to re-evaluate everything she has been doing her entire adult life. The three women become closer helping each other get through their individual crises. This basically is a story of the three women trying to get back to who they truly are after losing themselves to other things - a marriage, an affair and drugs respectively. I think this is an attempt at a deeper novel than the others and is consequently less fun. It also has more gravitas and for that I enjoyed reading it.