Thursday, June 26, 2014

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Courtney Maum

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Synopsis: Where'd You Go, Bernadette meets Beautiful Ruins in this reverse love story set in Paris and London about a failed monogamist's attempts to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love?

Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.

But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne-when they were first married and deeply in love-has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life . . . just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he's still the man she once loved.

Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, debut novelist Courtney Maum has created the perfect portrait of an imperfect family-and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity.

Thoughts: One of the best romantic comedies I've read in a while, with just the right amount of angst. I could feel the pain of both Richard and Anne, as well as of their sweet six-year-old daughter. The couple to whom the painting was sold were very unusual, to say the least. There was also insight into the marriages of Richard's and Anne's parents, as well as others. The basic idea is that making a marriage last is WORK, albeit pleasurable work most days.

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