I didn't expect to like this book after having read some bad reviews, but I really liked it. There was a realness to the story, it wasn't sugar coated, which I thought was wonderful! The characters were believable and I cared about them, Emilia especially. I may not be a stepmother myself, but I really felt for her. This is a very good novel and I highly recommend it.
I couldn't put this book down. Well written and believable prose from the narrator. The characters were authentic and lovable- even through their shocking flaws. I am not sure how I feel about the ending- maybe a little too clean. If you'd like to read a book about real life and the trials of love and other impossible pursuits, then read this book!
Ayelet Waldman writes about very human characters, with all of their talents and faults. They are not always likable, but are always interesting. The story will keep you turning the pages. The issues: step-parenting, grief, adultery, love, will keep you thinking. And the Manhattan setting, Upper East and Upper West side, Central Park, is an essential part of the book.
Ehhh.... This book was a little annoying - entertaining, I suppose, but books centered around a bitter, grieving person are not really as sustainable as this one made itself out to be. Also, it seemed very drenched in New York... and I felt outside of its targeted audience, simply because I have never lived there. And the "precocious" 5-year old was UTTERLY UNBELIEVABLE. It wasn't quite girlie enough to qualify as Chick Lit, and, frankly, not good enough to qualify as Literary Fiction. Still, it was somewhat engaging and was certainly a fast read.
Waldman is such a good writer! She took a subject that always frustrates me and taught so many lessons from it. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting.