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The Husband's Secret Paperback – June 27, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2013: Liane Moriary is probably doomed to be forever labeled a writer of “chick lit.” But despite its dopey name, her new novel, The Husband’s Secret, is better described as a comedy of manners and one with a serious undertone. As in her previous books, most successfully What Alice Forgot, Moriarty here wittily and observantly chronicles the life of middle aged, middle class Australian women, suburbanites who grapple with prosaic issues like marital fidelity and torturous ones like moral guilt and responsibility. You can’t help but laugh along with the small observations--“And there was poor little Rob, a teenage boy clumsily trying to make everything right, all false smiles and cheery lies. No wonder he became a real estate agent.” But it’s the big ones--Can good people do very, very bad things, and what, exactly, are we responsible for, and for how long?--that will make you think. This is a deceptively rich novel that transcends its era and place at the same time that it celebrates same. --Sara Nelson --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Australian author Moriarty, in her fifth novel (after The Hypnotist's Love Story), puts three women in an impossible situation and doesn't cut them any slack. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St. Angela's Primary School, where Cecilia is the star mother. Rachel Crowley, the school secretary, believes that Connor, St. Angela's PE teacher, is the man who, nearly three decades before, got away with murdering her daughter—a daughter for whom she is still grieving. Simultaneously a page-turner and a book one has to put down occasionally to think about and absorb, Moriarty's novel challenges the reader as well as her characters, but in the best possible way. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (Aug.) --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Perhaps some would say that this is simply a book written by a woman for other women to read, with the implication that a reader should not expect the male characters to be well-drawn, but I think this book in much more than that. The story is a fascinating one and very cleverly developed. Most of the characters are well-drawn, interesting, and human in the sense that their internal conflicts are fundamental to all of our lives. Most important, the book deals with significant questions about human life and how those conflicts are resolved or left to fester and confuse. So I would say that this is a book worthy of a broad and mature audience.
Speaking of "audience," I chose to read this book on my Kindle, using Amazon's Immersion Reading option (I've really enjoyed this with other books that, like this one, involve the voices of people from other parts of the world). In this case, I had a very strange experience: words, phrases, and even fairly long passages were quite different in the narration than they were in the printed book (at least as "printed" on the Kindle). One of the characters is even given a completely different name. I'm not sure what happened here; however, my guess is that the narrator, Caroline Lee, was given a different draft of the book manuscript by mistake. By the way, Ms. Lee is a wonderful reader!