From In Pieces, by Geoffrey Mann – “Which is worse, committing marital infidelity as you put it, or being unfaithful or untrue to yourself?”
On the surface, In Pieces is an erotic love story. Sex and sexual desire do not end at fifty or sixty. Sex, and the possibility of sex, are powerful motivators at any age.
John is married to Jane. John wants a relationship, but Jane is too mentally ill, too cold, and too emotionally divested to actually have a relationship with another person. Her interest is in the sex act alone. Anonymous sex will do.
John’s business has failed. He returns to England to regain his footing while Jane chooses to stay behind in San Francisco, where she can continue to do as she pleases. Yet she remains bitter, blaming John for their troubled marriage.
Downtrodden and depressed, John doesn’t even realize he’s looking for love and warmth and companionship until he finds it where he least expects it, with his sixty-one year old neighbor, Rosie. It takes Rosie’s kindness to wake John up to the fact that he’s not responsible for his failed marriage. He’s only responsible for himself.
Geoffrey Mann has written a lovely first book.
Remember all, I’m not a book reviewer… I just occasionally review an interesting book…
You can buy In Pieces here.
Other recent reads:
Highly Recommended – Winter Woman, by Jenna Kernan Many thanks to Penny at Penelope’s Romance Reviews for reviewing this book. I read it in two sittings on my trip, passed it on to my hubby who read it while I drove. We both loved the book. It’s one of those you just can’t stop reading until the words, The End. And then you want more. Here’s Penny’s review.
Super Highly Recommended – A Week As Andrea Benstock, by Jill Emerson (Lawrence Block writing as Jill Emerson). My favorite Lawrence Block book to date and he published it back in 1975. Scathing expose of the role of women in the 60′s. The brilliant Andrea wants so much more out of life than to be a housewife, but the truth is, she doesn’t possess the wherewithal or the determination to get it. Sex with strangers and a great deal of alcohol is involved in her failed quest for freedom. In the end, she settles for what she never wanted in the first place…security and sameness and suburbia. But she’s paid a price. Isn’t there always a price? Here’s the Kindle version. I picked up a used paperback copy.
Reading a great book, thanks to a rec from author Stacey Espino – lullabies for little criminals, a novel by Heather O’Neill. Great stuff. Fabulous read. More info here.