Happiness Sold Separately

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Thorndike Press, 2006 - Fiction - 483 pages
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Elinor Mackey has lived her life in perfect order: college, successful career, marriage. But her world is falling apart. In her late 30s, it seems likely that she and her husband, Ted, will never have children. As Elinor withdraws from Ted, he begins an affair with Gina - a young woman with an inquisitive son, Toby, who adores Ted. Gina has her own complicated life but Ted finds solace in her enthusiasm for life, as Elinor turns to The Iliad and her garden, finding comfort in the laundry room, nursing her pain. But it is here that she learns the truth, and they seek to mend their fractured marriage. And then Elinor finds herself pregnant and suddenly they are faced with choices they never thought they'd have to make ...

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User Review  - countrylife - LibraryThing

I rather liked the cover image – hung out to dry. A troubled marriage, first infertility, then infidelity. The story was a sensitive look into a marriage unraveling, though amicably enough, with the circumstances and choices played out. Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

The characters are solid but I thought the plot was unadventurous and predictable. Midlife crises make boring books when nobody goes entirely mad. Read full review

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