On the surface, Vicky's a contented woman with grown children and a happy marriage. Below that surface, Vicky struggles with dissatisfaction she can't quite put her finger on but the reason is all too obvious: she's having an affair with her boss. Her New Year's resolution is simple, figure out why she's behaving like a fool by writing an honest account of her actions and observations in a diary. As honest as she can be, anyway.
I'm an Aussie now. I left the US back in 1988 for an extended visit and have based myself in Australia ever since. IT was my career and in the end I found it profitable but unrewarding. So I've switched gears and now write as a passion, hobby and "job". It is the opposite of IT, not profitable in the slightest, but VERY rewarding.
I hope some of you manage to read one of my books, STARTING OVER or LIFE'S JOURNEYS, and especially that you like reading them even one-tenth as much as I liked writing then.
If all goes well, maybe you'll get a chance to read my next 2 or 3 books in the not-too-distant future as well.
Laura Rittenhouse delves in to the public and private lives of a family in "Confessions of an Aging Adulterer." What people see and hear on the surface is far from what is happening behind closed doors. Vicky, the protagonist, lives a modest life, with a loving husband, two adult children, and a devoted dog. Her sister, Allison, also appears to be living an idyllic life with her husband, Henry. Vicky decides to keep a diary of her life, one that reveals her true feelings about the boredom she often experiences. There are ups and downs, but she records them with as much honesty as possible. There are twists and turns in the story, even laying the groundwork for a sequel in the adventures and misadventures of the characters.
Vicky is a middle aged suburban housewife, with a loving husband and family - but this is not enough for her. In spite of feeling constantly guilty about it, she is having an affair with her boss - and with the onset of a new year she sets out to keep a diary to try to understand just what motivates her behaviour.
As the year progresses, cracks start to appear in Vicky's conception of all those close to her. A secretive daughter, a sister whose "perfect marriage" is not what it seems on the surface and a son who never gets started on writing that novel he has talked about since university. Even when Vicky is sure she has changed her ways, at the end of another year she finds herself slipping back into the same old pattern.
Laura Rittenhouse gives an interesting insight into one woman's struggles to come to terms with herself and makes us wonder just what lies below the surface of the lives of those around us.