Reservations for Six

Wyatt-MacKenzie. May 2022. 312p. ISBN 9781954332324. pap. $15.95. F
In Palmer’s (Otherwise Engaged) new tale of friendship and marriage, three couples gather six times a year, for each of their birthdays. For 10 years, they have met at the same restaurant, Giorgio’s; ordered the same Italian spread; and taken comfort in their tradition. Then, at Nathan’s 40th, he announces he wants a divorce from his wife, Louisa. Nathan moves in with his 21-year-old math student, and entropy seems to hit the rest of the sextet. Louisa, a vice principal, tries to hold her professional world together while parenting her young twins. As Mickey and Mateo are about to become empty nesters, they explore opening their marriage to others. Abe and Amy, after years of not being able to conceive, finally decide to adopt, until Amy’s uncertainty threatens to dissolve their seemingly perfect partnership.
VERDICT Pull up a chair and watch the drama unfold as these six friends manage the roller coaster of midlife. Marriage, fidelity, parenting, career stress, aging
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