In this compelling family drama, we meet Sarah Price and her husband, Nathan. She has given up her dreams of creativity for a steady job that supports them, while her husband devotes himself to his fiction and their two small children.
Then, out of the blue, while they are getting ready to attend the wedding of friends, he announces that he has cheated on her. Is this confession a way of escaping the life they have created? And what does it mean for the future?
In the pages that follow, we experience, almost as if it has happened to us, the rage, the fear, the insecurities that characterize Sarah’s life. When she thought she knew him and understood the life they had fashioned for themselves, had she been wrong? Now what?
Husband and Wife: A Novel is not your typical story about a life coming apart. It’s more about how the characters look back upon who they were and try to rediscover those selves. It’s also about how the day-in-and-day-out ordinary stuff of life can sometimes steal the essence of our being.
I loved the parts of this story that delved into the everyday grittiness. The parts that showed us how completely imperfect a life can be. The author granted us a peek into the humorous aspects of parenting, like when the baby has diarrhea during a stopover at McDonald’s and how a mother matter-of-factly deals with that.
In the end, the partners have to decide whether or not they can put their lives back together, amidst any other options that might be available.
A complete page turner, I could not wait to see what would happen next—which was why I gave this book five stars.