Gone by Cathi Hanauer(2 out of 5)

Eve Adams has been working part-time for many years while raising her children and helping her sculptor husband through his early successes. Now her desire to do something more leads to her opening her own nutritionist practice and it takes off, while her husband’s career is now in the crapper. Of course, Eric ends up messing around with the babysitter and takes off on Eve, after a celebratory dinner that they attend. Now Eve, who has been the denizen at handling multiple things at once and done well at it for many years, must learn to be an emotional anchor as well. She handles her children well, even with their father deserting the family. You get personally involved with Eve’s patients, and see the struggle she has to realign herself with single life and being a single parent, while trying to bring stability and support to patients struggling with similiar feelings(her battle is to get over the heartache and stay strong for her kids, her patients need to get over their psychological issues with food and stay strong to get in shape).

This book, well, it was difficult(for me at least). It’s one of those books where you put it down and scratch your head. I did a lot of that, and then some more. And it’s even worse when you want to review that book. The new Tom Wolfe brings about a tornado of righteous indignation, this novel just brings about the words” missed opportunity”.  Straight forward, almost to the point of guessing the outcome before the end, and that’s where it loses a lot of steam. There was no real connection with Eve, the main character. It’s one of those books you pick up in an airport and you’re kicking yourself that it’s the only book you end up buying- because it is what it is. It was great to read about this determined strong woman who wants things to work out for the best for her and her family, despite her husband’s abandonment. However- it bored the hell out of me. It felt like a Kingsolver protege campaigning for the Oprah’s Book Club podium. I honestly think if Oprah’s show was still on the air, this would have been a contender for her Book Club. It just didn’t do it for me.

 

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~ by generationgbooks on November 21, 2012.

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