Been There, Married That

St. Martin’s. Feb. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781250166814. $27.99. F
Agnes Murphy Nash comes from humble beginnings, but she has managed to turn herself into the perfect Hollywood wife. The world revolves around her husband, Oscar-winning producer Trevor Nash, and every decision Agnes makes, from the bedsheets to whom she lunches with, is in service to his ego. But Trevor wants to divorce Agnes, because he is no longer happy, whatever that means. They have a daughter, and she is the unwitting pawn, also known as “leverage,” in this divorce. Agnes is more self-aware than many of her contemporaries; she realizes she is living in a bubble, but she likes it there. We get to read her every thought, and she has them at a dizzying pace, making this a quick read—at times humorous, but mostly just exhausting.
VERDICT The level of Hollywood narcissism shown in Levangie’s (The Starter Wife; The After Wife) novel is astounding and makes it hard to empathize with or even believe the characters in this marital farce. For fans of the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and frothy celebrity memoirs.

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