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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    Worth your time...

    My Husband's Sweethearts, a novel by Bridget Asher (pen name of the mighty and prolific Julianna Baggott), is worth your time, my friends. <BR/><BR/>The story is rich with an array of characters, and Asher handles each of them masterfully: you feel like you know each character, and you know what's at stake for them. The refreshing thing here (and you'll find it in Baggott's writing in general) is that each character is treated with a great amount of care and precision; these are people on a journey and Asher seeks to make that clear by taking the time to show the journey. Each character's journey is tied to another character's journey, but Asher doesn't glaze over the loneliness of suffering: her snapshots of each character in their very specific moments of grieving are breathtaking. I dare you to walk away untouched. <BR/><BR/>The prose is witty as hell and always sharp, each scene rendered purposefully. Through Lucy's eyes, we navigate an actual human existence: all the little things and big things that comprise a life. <BR/><BR/>Don't miss the meditation on family here. Asher creates a large group of seemingly different characters and binds them as a unit. Family here is much more than just DNA and obligation. Asher pushes you to see that, to see that families--emotional bonds--are fostered out of the strangest situations (e.g. Lucy becoming attached to some of her husband's sweethearts). <BR/><BR/>Also, while this is such a novel about women, let's not forget the men: Artie and John. Asher writes Artie in a manner that goes beyond ideas of being forgiving or non-forgiving: he's just a man, plain and simple, and he's not perfect. John is the ultimate sweetheart of the novel, a young man who's incredibly earnest and full of heart. Each scene with him is a gift. Arguably, Asher writes men better than some men writing today: her characterizations and scenes lead to a truth worth sticking around for. <BR/><BR/>Know that Asher is a writer who aims for your heart. And she doesn't miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012


    I will help. Plese dont judge me by my name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012


    *sits down* i am leader of emeraldclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    A great read.

    Lucy Shoreman¿s husband Artie is a cheater. When Lucy learns this she confronts him only to have him confess there have been two other affairs during their four year marriage. To cope with Artie¿s infidelity Lucy leaves home and immerses herself in work for six months to deal with his betrayal. Then she receives a middle of the night phone call from her mother, he¿s gravely ill. ¿Artie needs you. He is your husband still, after all. And it¿s very bad form to leave a dying husband.¿ Lucy returns home but still can¿t bring herself to forgive Artie. After more than a few drinks Lucy picks up the phone, calls up all the former sweethearts in Artie¿s little black book and announces, ¿Artie Shoreman is dying, Please call to schedule your turn at his deathbed.¿ What happens next surprises everyone, the sweethearts begin to show up. From the young, tattooed and pierced Elba to Artie¿s former high school teacher, the elderly Mrs. Dutton with many in between. An unlikely friendship begins to form with some of these women and you¿re pulled along an emotional roller coaster with Lucy. Asher¿s writing is truly amazing. I laughed, I cried and it seemed that I could truly feel Lucy¿s emotion in her words. I couldn¿t believe how fast I got to the end of the book. Along with Lucy¿s road to forgiveness there are two other story lines that develop bringing a surprise ending to this incredible story about love.

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