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Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart
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May 28, 2010

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This book could have made an excellent short story. In it, a mother of two young children learns that her husband had a brief affair. She grapples with the infidelity, but more than that, she grapples with her own identity. Has she lost the person that she was? Is that why her husband cheated? Is she still the same person she used to be, or has she changed forever, or both? There are lots of questions here that will resonate with many readers.

However, this book is 350 pages, and it is a bit of a trudge -- especially the parts where the main character is reflecting back on her years in graduate school. To be really successful, it needs more of a plot to pull the reader through its long, descriptive passages.

(FYI -- there is one scene in this book that could be a story of its own. The main character is far from home, in a McDonalds with her baby and preschooler. There is a diaper situation that is so real and so horrific and so realistic I wanted to turn away -- but couldn't).
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Doris Could have been a short story--drug on and was depressingly searching without resolution or answers.

Alexandra omg the mcdonald's scene stressed me out :/

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