Peter and Georgie move to London from New Jersey when Peter gets a good job offer. The move makes sense from a financial standpoint but it's also a chance for Georgie to get a new life in ways. She's been miserable as a stay-at-home to their three sons and misses her life as an actress. Shortly after they move to London, she seeks out a job in theater and comes upon a production she falls in love with. She works hard to make herself worthy of the part and eventually lands it.
My Wife's Affair is told from Peter's viewpoint but is truly the story of Georgie. It's the story of how she finds her greatest happiness in theater but misses her children when she's away from them. It's, obviously, the story of her affair a quick impetuous decision that wreaks chaos on the life of her family.
It's told in a very unique format, alternating between Peter's voice and the script of the one-woman play Georgie is acting in through Dora Jordan's voice. Jordan's voice mirrors Georgie's own and Georgie makes her character's life her own in many ways.
I enjoyed My Wife's Affair and easily read it an afternoon. I found Georgie's conflict between her passion for her career and her deep love for her children to be the most interesting part of the book as I think it's something many women struggle with. I can't say I loved the way Georgie dealt with it, but it's interesting nonetheless.
All in all a different sort of book!
Things You Might Want to Know: There's profanity and explict sex
Source of Book: Received from publisher for Review
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books Putnam (Penguin)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Review: My Wife's Affair by Nancy Woodruff
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