The Unbreakables

Harper. Jun. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9780062913807. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062895394. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062895400. F
At her 42nd birthday celebration, Sophie Bloom, a wealthy suburbanite, discovers that her marriage to her high school sweetheart Gabe is not what it seems. Gabe has been leading a double life and has cheated on her numerous times. To make matters worse, Sophie’s best friends were aware of Gabe’s dalliances and kept the information from her. When she finds out her daughter, Ava, is having a crisis of her own a world away in Paris, Sophie jumps on the first flight out of the country to be with her and get some distance from her shattered life. With time to reflect, Sophie realizes she’s not blameless in the demise of her marriage and that although her relationship seemed perfect, she has given up a lot of herself as part of the bargain. Is it too late for Sophie to regain the parts of herself she abandoned so long ago?
VERDICT Barr’s latest (after Fugitive Colors) is full of vivid details that transport readers from a Chicago suburb to the art world in France. For fans of women’s fiction in the style of Kristin Hannah. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18.]
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