The Arrangement

  • by Sarah Dunn
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage - what could possibly go wrong?
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a 200-year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's hot lunch, dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood".
When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though - the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible - that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily ever after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy -real life or the experiment?

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What the Critics Say

"Dunn (The Big Love) again plumbs the messiness and fallibility of romantic relationships....with hilarious results." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Great Story!

Very interesting story and fun concept. I breezed through the story and the narration was spot on! However the editing was pretty poor. I listen to a ton of Auto books and I have never heard so many missed edits throughout the a book. You constantly hear the Narrator repeating sentences with different "takes," at first I thought something was wrong with the file but then I realized it just wasn't edited out. It wasn't enough to distract from the entertainment of the story but it did get a bit amusing to hear it happening so much!
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- Teresa

A funny look at middle age sex and marriage

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A great and fresh premise for a novel: a married couple tries an open marriage for six months. At times laugh-out-loud funny with quirky, likable characters who have depth and a plot that's something new. A great, entertaining read.

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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio