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The End of an Error by Mameve Medwed
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Jul 18, 2010

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Read from July 26 to 27, 2010

I spent the first half of this book trying to figure out where the romance was between Lee and her husband, Ben. Their relationship felt stale, as if they had become roommates along the days as their children grew and moved out of the home. The quintessential empty nest syndrome. I fell in love with Lee around the time she was in Europe with her Aunt. That is also where the writing took on a poetic quality, describing the scenery and events in such a way the emotion and beauty engulfed me. What is revealed through Lee’s trips down memory lane is even more involved than her memoir records, stirring up feelings, questions and desires she has longed to feel in her marriage.

Ben’s attitude is dismissive to her feelings, her dreams and her book promoting. This is especially true in light of his own hopes for a book deal, one that has taken on an obsession in his life, and in their home. I’m not sure if Mameve Medwed wrote his attitude to be this way to force the reader to see how Lee could feel lost in her marriage, but it seemed overstated. It caused Lee to seem small and without a backbone. Although, this might have made the ending even more of pronounced action, one that takes Ben by surprise. I wasn’t as surprised at the ending, having surmised Lee’s emotions, but I felt it was a well-deserved ending. It was a good book, nothing over the top fabulous, but worth the read.
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