- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400082242
- ISBN-13: 978-1400082247
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,889,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Little Bit Married: A Novel Paperback – April 24, 2007
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Borden's middling second novel (following Lucky Me) features Bitsy Lerner, 43 and a mother of two in the 'burbs, gets jolted out of her routines when she finds her husband, Alan, on the floor, overdosed on Vicodin. With Alan in rehab, Bitsy, shocked by her family's debt-ridden finances and crumbling emotional infrastructure, flashes back over her idyllic childhood, ambivalent college art studies and single-mindedness about marrying. In this dark finding-myself comedy, the arrival of housekeeper Bebe (courtesy of Grandma) and a focus outward and artward may save Bitsy's inner sanctum, sense of self and recalcitrant brood—just in time for Alan's return. (May)
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Bitsy came of age in the 1980s and anachronistically set her goals to be a 1950s-style wife and mom. Through sheer will and planning, she achieved it all--businessman husband, perfect suburban home, two accomplished children--until she finds her husband near death from an overdose. He survives, but his memory doesn't. Managing on her own forces her to see the cracks in the facade that were always there, but she also recaptures the pleasure she derived from art. Bitsy finally grows up, remembers her name is Barbara, finds a job, and has her eyes opened to other people's troubles as well as her own. A lot happens in the six weeks of her husband's recovery. When he regains his memory, he also remembers his mistress. Bitsy finds maturity, wisdom, strength, creativity, friends, and, of course, a new romance. Her perfect, planned life was hollow, but what she builds from the wreckage is pretty good. Solutions come awfully quickly, but this is fiction. Enjoy it. Danise Hoover
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The thing i like about this kind of women's lit is that the characters really face hard times and even though help may not be around the corner (or sitting at their son's baseball game the next day), they persevere. They don't have solutions to their problems magically drop in their lap, because in reality thats not how it works either. This book is too sacchrine for me - if you want a more empowering character to follow, i'd recommend reading "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb or any book by Marian Keyes .