Portrait of a married Woman Author:Sally Mandel To her friends, Maggie Hollander has it all. Her husband, Matthew is a bright, successful and handsome lawyer who loves her deeply. They have two spirited children, a spacious apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and a marriage that has lasted for seventeen years. — At thirty eight, Maggie still has a body that commands attention at cocktail... more » parties - but she also has questions about herself, questions that are growing derper and disturbing. Once art was central to her life, but she long ago put aside her easel for her household responsibilities. And now, when a friend offers her a full time job designing posters, she is intrigued but unwilling to interfere with those responsibilities.
Yet the offer inspires her to unearth her easel and oils and to enroll in a life class. It is there that she meets David Golden, a sculptor with a mind as probing as his fierce blue eyes. They find themselves sharing ideas, emotions and ultimately, passions. He teaches her a tenderness that is as liberating as it is dangerous. And he forces her to make a lifetime choice.
There are no villains in this novel, and no easy ways out. Both men have standards, ideals, and deep feelings for Maggie. And Maggie is governed by her own sense of loyalty and responsibility, as well as love for her children, her husband - and the mans she was so unprepared for.
Here is at once the story of a marriage and the story of a love affair - a vivid portrayal of an unforgettable contemporary woman.« less