Serve your man up to another woman? No way. May 22, 2009
This is a story of a successful businesswoman, owner of a landscape nursery, determined to change course midstream in her life to become a novelist. So far, not unusual, but would you orchestrate an affair involving your husband with another appealing woman to study their reactions and progress to provide material for that first novel? And then be miffed when things turned sexual?
Laura Rider wants to write novels concerned with ?conscious romance.? What does a self-actualizing, thoughtful woman want and how does she get it? In her estimation, the man must exhibit a blend of feminine and masculine characteristics: both supportive and take-charge. She had adored Jenna Faroli for years in her role as the hostess of her own radio interview show. When husband Charlie accidentally meets Jenna and e-mails are exchanged, Laura sees her chance. Jenna is exactly the kind of woman that she wants to be in her novels. She, with the full knowledge of her husband, begins a shared e-mail campaign on Charlie?s behalf designed to manipulate Jenna into meeting Charlie. Of course it works, but not entirely as Laura envisioned. The naming of body parts in e-mails isn?t quite what she expected.
The story line is bizarre enough to be somewhat compelling, though still over the edge on believability. Curiously, both Laura and Jenna had been non-sexual for years. Of the three main characters, only Jenna comes across as any where near normal, though not particularly sympathetic. Charlie is simply goofy. Laura starts to operate in fantasy land, scarcely aware that affairs invariably are blinding, become old, and cause hurt and harm and are not some sort of pristine love laboratory. As this strange scenario is falling apart, Laura is a guest on Jenna?s radio show, and is subjected to a withering unbraiding by Jenna for her pretensions of wanting to be a writer. Laura, oblivious to the put-downs, leaves the studio on cloud nine. And it is Jenna who must try to salvage what is left of her life.
In this quirky story, it?s doubtful that the reader can take away much. The author really provides little closure on this strange scenario. In addition, Laura is not consistently presented. She is a space cadet in one scene and more worldly in the next. Though perhaps not the main theme, one thing is evident: using e-mail is problematic, especially when privacy is wanted. The author also visited this topic in her novel Disobedience.