The Ever After

Washington Square: S. & S. Jun. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781501106989. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501107009. F
OrangeReviewStarJosie is happy in her marriage. Her days of caring for their two daughters are routine, with Frank working outside the home, and Josie a SAHM with a side business. Frank is an incredible, hands-on father; all of the other school moms are jealous of Josie's handsome husband. However, underneath the glossy veneer, a distance is growing between the couple. One morning when she borrows his phone to make a call, Josie sees something that changes and challenges everything she thought she knew about Frank. Pekkanen is back (after The Perfect Neighbors) with this emotionally charged domestic drama that takes a close look at a troubled marriage. In a story that moves back and forth in time, Josie remembers pieces of their marriage, particularly Frank's actions, that may have fallen through the cracks. The author deftly explores Josie's take on Frank's betrayal, tracking how she was made the fool in their supposedly rock-solid marriage. In her signature conversational style, Pekkanen uncovers the truth behind the lies as Josie comes to grips with reality vs. the mirage of her marriage.
VERDICT A weighty, emotional read with the author's trademark relatable, realistic characters. Pekkanen fans will clamor for this one. For libraries where domestic women's fiction is popular.
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