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?
"Dunn (The Big Love) again plumbs the messiness and fallibility of romantic relationships....with hilarious results." (Publishers Weekly)
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Decent story but annoying characters