I'm a fan of catchy titles and sleek packaging and this novel by Rumaan Alam drew me in immediately. Given the allure of affluence and appearance, who doesn't aspire to be rich and pretty? The story takes place in and around New York City, a locale near and dear to my heart and the plot revolves around two young women, long-time friends whose lives take very different paths. As someone who came late to motherhood I witnessed the trajectory of my day to day concerns having less and less overlap with my gal pals who passed on bearing offspring, Now, with my kids mostly grown and flown it's not hard to find an uninterrupted hour or two. A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Because not every story has the happy ending that you envision I am trying to keep it real in the land of personal narrative. I am in the dark waters of marital woe where whatever affection once existed between my spouse and myself has long left the premises and what remains is the determination to end our partnership amicably.
The details that have led to this dissolution aren't particularly exciting or unusual-we've simply grown apart- nothing unique in the scheme of things. But we made some beautiful kids together whom I love dearly- here's hoping happier days lay ahead for myself and my children.