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Attachmentby Isabel Fonseca
After more than twenty years of life in London, Jean and Mark Hubbard decamp to a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean. But when Jean, a health columnist, discovers a salacious love letter addressed to her husband, she realizes that she has misdiagnosed some acute pathologies in her own life. The long idyll of their mutual ease is over - and a new quest has
After more than twenty years of life in London, Jean and Mark Hubbard decamp to a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean. But when Jean, a health columnist, discovers a salacious love letter addressed to her husband, she realizes that she has misdiagnosed some acute pathologies in her own life. The long idyll of their mutual ease is over - and a new quest has just begun. Looking for answers, Jean goes undercover with a surreptitious correspondence that propels her on to alarming and illuminating adventures of her own. Isabel Fonseca explores the impulses that color and disrupt our lives even as they reveal, ever more clearly, the nature of love.
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In a compelling fiction debut, Fonseca takes syndicated health columnist Jean Hubbard, an Oxford-trained lawyer, through a dramatic demonstration of the limits of attachment. Jean is filing her columns from the remote Indian Ocean island of St. Jacques, where her advertising-genius husband, Mark, has moved them. Their time there is disrupted when Jean intercepts a salacious letter from Mark's London office, which leads her in turn to an e-mail signed by a lubricious "Giovana" (Jean immediately notices the odd single n ). The e-mail features explicit attachments, and without reflecting on the consequences, Jean, writing as Mark, begins an e-mail correspondence with Giovana. Ensuing events occur in a beautifully orchestrated dramatic arc, drawing in Mark's unscrupulous business partner; Jean's stricken father in New York; Mark's first love's daughter; Jean's former beau; and the secret that pushes the 23-year marriage further toward the precipice. Fonseca's nonfiction Bury Me Standing drew a vivid portrait of the international Gypsy community, and she shifts locales and emotional registers with evocative ease here, delving deeply into her ensemble's motivations. She's as unsparing of their flaws as she is frank about their desires. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The nature of attachment-or, more accurately, detachment from self, spouse, career, and family-forms the skeleton of this meditative first novel from Fonseca (Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey). Meandering and thoughtful, the book is divided into three sections and moves among a lush tropical island, London, and a bustling Manhattan gripped by post-9/11 edginess. The tale revolves around Jean and Mark Hubbard, a long-married couple on sabbatical in picturesque St. Jacques. When Jean inadvertently intercepts an email meant for her husband, the contents send her reeling. Is he having an affair? How long has it been going on? And why? As Jean begins sleuthing, she undertakes numerous deceptions that force her to access how she feels about commitment, monogamy, and revenge. Along the way, issues of female aging come to the fore, even as the need to care for elderly parents smacks head-on into letting go of a college-aged child bursting for independence. Intense and realistic, full of sexual imagery and churning emotion, this work is highly recommended for all fiction collections.
Eleanor J. Bader
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Meet the Author
In addition to her best-selling Bury Me Standing, Isabel Fonseca has written for a wide range of publications, including The Independent, Vogue, The Nation, and TheWall Street Journal. Born in New York, she was educated at Columbia and Oxford and lives in London with her husband, Martin Amis, and their two daughters.
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All I can say is this book was so boring that halfway through I stopped reading it. It just goes on and on about nothing important.
I was so disappointed in this book! At about 1/2 into the book, I realized I just couldn't keep reading waiting for something to happen. There is no depth to the main character and nothing to relate to, no plot, no nothing! Save yourself the time and frustration and do not read this book!
I REALLY tried hard to get into this book, I really did. But the plot is so slow and boring and the incessant descriptive prose almost put me to sleep. How the main character manages to go months without confronting her husband about his infidelity is beyond me. By page 150, I just didn't care anymore and stopped reading. Save yourself some time and read something, ANYTHING else.
Over halfway through this atrocity, I couldn't take it anymore and did something I have never done before: I returned a book. The plot, if there is one, moves extremely slowly, yet the style of writing is almost manic in how it jumps from location to location and time period to time period. The result is a read that was oddly neither compelling nor relaxing. If you'd like to torture yourself, try it in February or March when you have nothing else to do with your time. For summer reading with some depth, try 'The Condition,' with it's fine character development and writing, or 'Those Who Save Us,' also a well-written, page-turner.