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Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne, has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life?just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and ...

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Overview

Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne, has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life…just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/15/2014
After landing his first Parisian show, British artist Richard Haddon should be celebrating with his beautiful wife, Anne, and their seven-year-old daughter, Camille. Instead, he's feeling like a sellout. Anne has just discovered that Richard had been having an affair and is insisting he end it. Worse—the seven-month fling is already over, because Richard's lover dumped him. Then Richard agrees to sell The Blue Bear, a painting he created for Anne at the beginning of their marriage. Belatedly, he realizes how much the art, and the woman he created it for, mean to him. Richard sets plans in motion to get the painting back and regain the respect of his wife. There are a few comic scenes (the gay couple who purchase The Blue Bear are vegan, kombucha-swilling "pagan continuists"), but overall the novel comes across as a fairly realistic portrayal of a modern marriage that has lost its way. VERDICT Debut author Maum carefully paints Richard and Anne's relationship, from its heady start, to Richard's infidelity, to his shaky attempts to repair the damage he has done. A solid, well-written character-driven contemporary novel.—Christine Perkins, Whatcom County Lib. Syst., Bellingham, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781629238609
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 598,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Courtney Maum graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. She then lived in France for five years where she worked as a party promoter for Corona Extra, which had everything to do with getting a Visa, and nothing to do with her degree. Today, Maum splits her time between the Berkshires, New York City, and Paris, working as a creative brand strategist, corporate namer, and humor columnist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Richard Haddon is bored and disillusioned with his marriage and

    Richard Haddon is bored and disillusioned with his marriage and his career as an artist. So what does he do? He finds some excitement through an extra-marital affair. When it ends, Richard's life is in shambles. He wants to fall back in love with his wife. He wants to escape from the demands of a commercial art world, but how does he turn these desires into reality. Author, Courtney Maum takes us on Richard's maddening and heartfelt journey of how tries to make this happen. This novel totally engaged me with its clever prose, humor, memorable characters, and raw honesty. I couldn't put it down. It expertly captures the nuances of a complex marriage and zeros in on what true love is all about. Put this one at the top of your reading list this summer.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I've read plenty of books about infidelity, and plenty more abou

    I've read plenty of books about infidelity, and plenty more about Paris, and I have to say this exceeded all my very high expectations. Maum creates an unlikable, yet totally lovable, protagonist in the adulterer Richard, and I found myself somehow relating to his situation and rooting for him to succeed, both in life and in art. Once Richard goes to England, the novel unfolds cinematically and at a perfect clip, and I hope it doesn't spoil anything to say that the way the author uses films to enrich the story is really interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who's snorted with laughter at the novels of Martin Amis or felt deeply invested in the characters of Meg Wolitzer--or anyone who is willing to take a ride through Paris that is utterly free of the usual cliches and yet totally full of heart. 

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Why isn't this book on the bestseller list? I think it is becau

    Why isn't this book on the bestseller list? I think it is because it is too smart, too clever, too well-written! Others here have provided a synopsis of the story so I will just add that at few times in my reading career have I been so moved by a book's honesty. I also could not put it down. I found myself rooting for this adulterer because the fault for why his marriage was troubled belonged to both of them. It so accurately depicts the ennui of a marriage in its 4th year and beyond and how you can find your way back from the potential abyss. I would go so far as to suggest that all couples read it before marriage! After reading book after book on the bestseller list, it was refreshing to find this one, so worthy, that surpassed them all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Wonderful!

    Wonderful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    A good summer book!

    Quick read, interesting, i related to the art aspect but the story of a married couple going through a "rough patch" is very well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Who wants to read a book about a jerk?  Maybe if the jerk is cha

    Who wants to read a book about a jerk?  Maybe if the jerk is charming, but the jerk in this book is just a jerk.  I didn't even bother finishing this book.  Oh, and on page 75: "Why don't the French like cranberries?  It's such a useful fruit.  I guess French women are too ladylike to get yeast infections."  Um, cranberry juice is for preventing bladder infections, not yeast infections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Guy

    *Chain you for your front on the wall and I slowly but my d.i.c.k in your v.a.g.n.i.a*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Female s.e.x. slave

    Jenna. I sit chained to a wall naked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Cris

    bored

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Jamie

    Sits around

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Tess

    Srry back so srry u here

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    T

    Where's da hot cat sex story? It was supposed to be at res 1!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    I just don't see why everyone is rating this book so highly.  T


    I just don't see why everyone is rating this book so highly.  The main character is self centered and unlikeable, the wronged wife is so perfect that it is simply unbelievable that he would cheat on her and the dialogue is clumsy  I confess that I quit reading with 2 chapters to go because (1) I knew what would happen and (2) I didn't really care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Emma bio

    Training res 1-2-4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Map and rules

    Res one is mapandrules. Res two is chatroom/maincamp. Res three is bios. Res four is leaders den results 5-60 are private rooms;) have fun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    To sasha

    How old are you?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Sasha's bio

    Name: Sasha Delrio. Age: 14. Gender: Female. Godly Parent: Bia, goddess of force. Looks: brown hair, hazel eyes, and a scar on the left side of my stomache. Weapon: a celestial bronze dagger. Power: can control forcefield and strong winds. Status: single. Other: just ask. :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Emma

    Found a place 'dtr'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Rikki's Bio

    I decided I needed to improve this bio, sho I did.
    <p>
    Name: Rikki Starr. Gender: Female. Age: I just turned 14 sho I'm pretty young. Looks: Blaze, how am I beautiful, I have cuts and burns, I have blonde hair that brushes my shoulder blades with red tips, my eyes are big and gray I guess they symbolize Strength and Bravery, Things I dun have. I'm pretty skinny, only about 79 pounds, and 4'9, My skin is kinda tan I guess, I have an Innie bellybutton, I normally wear either jeans and one of Blazes' hoodies or shorts and a hoodie. Crush: Blaze. Status: I'm with Blaze. Likes: Sports. Hoodies. Blaze. Griffen. Dislikes: I hate alot of things.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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