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Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie's lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover's wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow, and in these 11 sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.
In "Cranberry Relish" Josie's ex - a man she met on Facebook - has a new girlfriend he found on Twitter. In "Blue Heron Bridge" Nina is more worried that the Presbyterian minister living in her garage will hear her kids swearing than about his finding out that she's sleeping with her running partner. And in "The Rhett Butlers" a teenager loses her virginity to her history teacher and then outgrows him.
In snappy, glittering prose that is both utterly hilarious and achingly poignant, Katherine Heiny chronicles the ways in which we are unfaithful to each other, both willfully and unwittingly. Maya, who appears in the title story and again in various states of love, forms the spine of this linked collection, and shows us through her moments of pleasure, loss, deceit, and kindness just how fickle the human heart can be.
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By Customer on 09-14-16
This is simply my opinion. The book made it seem like everyone in the world has affairs and it is completely fine and will not affect marriage in the slightest. The stories made me sick to my stomach due to all the lies and deceit and selfishness.
The writing in itself was good as well as the readers. I just hated the story.
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By Aimee on 05-09-17
Glad I'm not these women
A well narrated book of sad women. I couldn't even finish this book. Instead of being laugh out loud funny it was mostly just depressing. Little snippets of life of selfish un-empowered women mostly being miserable or making someone else miserable.
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