Very captivating story of Grace, whose husband is prone to disappearing without explanation. It is set in present day New York City and it chronicles the months of Grace making various excuses to friends and family about her husband's whereabouts. I would classify it a light mystery. I didn't identify with Grace at all as I would not sit around waiting for the elusive husband to return and make excuses for him. It was, however, an enjoyable read.
I was a bit surprised at the reviews this book got after I attempted to read it. I read a few chapters but got bored fairly quick and put the book back down. I don't see what everyone else enjoyed about it. I was quite disappointed myself.
I read this book in one day. It's not a gripping page turner, but I really wanted to find out what happened to the main character, Grace (and her husband, Laz). I liked Grace, she is written well, and I identified with aspects of her. Although, if she were a real person, I would want to shake her to make her come to her senses quicker. This is a modern day drama about a marriage, and about how easy it is for women to slip into being someone they never intended to be.
From the back cover: "Grace Brookman has it all. She leads the quintessential New York life with her ideal husband, Laz. That is, until her ideal husband goes out and doesn't come back. Sure, he's always been prone to leaving for days at a time, but this time is different. Weeks pass. Holidays come and go. And still no trace of the man she thought she knew. Suddenly Grace is responsible for everything, including coverig up for her AWOL spouse. Soon she learns that a marriage can be reduced to a few timely excuses, some spilled crumbs here, and some dirty laundry there-fooling everyone around her...just like she was fooled. The deception becomes almost a hobby for her. But then Laz's sordid past shows up on her doorstep, along with a few other surprises. Her life is becoming a New York mess. And as a single wife, she'll have to take matters into her own hands."
I enjoyed this book. At times it was funny, even though the subject really wasn't. Ms. Solomon did an impressive job of fleshing out the characters to the point where I could actually put on them the faces of people I've known with their traits. The message of the book is subtle, but clear.
I read this book following a series of deeper books, and it was like learning to breathe again.