Someone Else’s Shoes

Pamela Dorman: Viking. Feb. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9781984879295. $29. F
Moyes’s (The Giver of Stars) 14th novel features four middle-aged women who discover the power of female friendship and of a good pair of shoes. Saleswoman Sam is going through a rough patch. Her husband is depressed and unemployed, her teen daughter is angry, and her new boss is malicious and ageist. The only positive is the support of her best friend Andrea, a breast-cancer survivor. Sam goes to the gym one morning and leaves with the wrong bag—one belonging to American trophy wife Nisha, who’s just learned her husband is divorcing her and cutting her off. Her Chanel jacket and Louboutin heels are missing; she has to wear the gym’s robe and some cheap flats from a stranger’s bag. Nisha plots revenge, becoming a cleaner at a hotel and finding support in a coworker, Jasmine. The storylines converge through a series of hilarious and touching events focused on Nisha’s Louboutins. When the four women finally meet, they launch a master plan to solve their problems while getting revenge on the men responsible.
VERDICT Moyes’s strong story contains intrigue and humor, sympathetic, complex characters, and a satisfying conclusion. For Moyes fans but also those who enjoy the novels of Karen White and Melissa de los Santos.
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