The Other Woman

The Other Woman

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by Eric Jerome Dickey
     
 

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Eric Jerome Dickey strides boldly over the minefield that is modern marriage. The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more

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Eric Jerome Dickey strides boldly over the minefield that is modern marriage. The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more alone. When she finds out about his affair-and starts her own-the delicate fabric of their marriage is torn irrevocably asunder. Or is it? In Dickey's expert hands, what begins as a seemingly unforgivable betrayal segues into the sexy and searing story of a man and a woman at a pivotal turning point in their relationship. Only time will tell whether they'll let it all go...or can hold on to the love that drew them together in the first place.

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Publishers Weekly
Plans for revenge spin out of control in this sharp-edged, sizzling novel by bestselling Dickey (Liar's Game; Between Lovers). The unnamed narrator has it all-a loving husband, a beautiful home and a lucrative career as a television producer in Los Angeles. Although she works long hours, she knows that she and her husband, Charles, a middle-school teacher, depend on her earnings to live the good life. Upon receiving strange messages at work from a mysterious man named David Lawrence, she assumes that he is a media-hungry stalker. But when David finally reaches her, he tells her that her husband has been having an affair with his wife, Jessica. The reporter in her takes over, and she immediately confronts Charles, who admits that he had an affair with Jessica, but says it is over. Confused, angry and in complete shock, she demands that Charles give her the intimate details of the affair; he refuses. "And I'm supposed to accept that?... My marriage is supposed to be my place of solace, not a place of fucking grief, and my husband is supposed to my friend, not my fucking enemy. Choose which one you wanna be." Unwilling to go on without answers to her many questions, she soon finds herself commiserating with David Lawrence. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, her world falls apart and she finds herself desperate for revenge. But will revenge heal her tattered soul or destroy her completely? Dickey offers plenty of straight-on sex and violence, but also probes questions of contemporary morals and the psychology of betrayal, writing compellingly and believably from his heroine's point of view. This will be another crowd pleaser. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Tracey Leigh's reading is on target in this gritty novel about the devastating consequences of marital infidelity. The unnamed narrator is a hard-working, Hollywood news producer who spends stressful nights at the station, helping to put together the usually depressing local news. She believes her husband, Charles, a middle-school teacher, spends his nights home alone grading papers until she gets a call from a distraught David Lawrence who claims his wife has run off with Charles. When our protagonist confronts Charles, he admits to the affair but says it is over and is reluctant to share the details the news producer in her craves. Her thirst for the truth sends her back to David, who has captured their cheating spouses' electronic correspondences thanks to a special software program. What she learns from those instant messages and email devastates her. Those expecting Dickey's trademark steamy erotica may be somewhat surprised here, as many of the graphic scenes are best described by the unnamed narrator, who says, "Sex without love is violence." Recommended for all adult fiction collections.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Love is hell. Wifey. The wife. She doesn’t even have a name in the passionate e-mails Charles, a teacher, exchanges with his lover Jessica, a PE instructor. But she’s a real, live, fire-breathing woman, quivering with righteous anger when she finds out about the affair. Jessica’s husband, David Lawrence, calls her at work (she’s a segment producer for a local TV news show) to tell her that he just gave Charles a black eye in the school parking lot but decided not to shoot him. Oh--so that’s the real explanation for the shiner Charles said he got from breaking up a schoolyard fight. Looks like her husband is a cheating dog. She didn’t see it coming, didn’t know it had been going on for eight long months. How could he? Why would he? She always had a hot meal ready at the end of the day, and she never turned him down in bed. Like her mother always said, a woman has to be a woman to her man or some other woman would be. Things spin out of control real fast, and it’s not long before she’s having revenge-sex on the down-low with David, a moody artist who admires her dreadlocks and delicate freckles. He prints out the e-mails and she confronts Charles, who can’t deny it now--and heads off to take out his frustrations on a punching bag in the garage. Is it because she earns more money than he does? Well, yes and no. Best friend Yvette, a free spirit sexually and otherwise, puts in her two cents: men have needs and ain’t nothin’ goin’ to change that. (Yvette is not above satisfying her own needs at group sex parties, described, for interested readers, in salacious if somewhat irrelevant detail.) The action heats up to a thunderously melodramatic end pretty quick, and lessons are taught--andlearned. Good and gritty storytelling from the best-selling Dickey (Thieves’ Paradise, 2002, etc.).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451211934
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/29/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
271,386
Product dimensions:
7.82(w) x 5.28(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1961
Place of Birth:
Memphis, Tennessee
Education:
B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
Website:
http://www.ericjeromedickey.com

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The Other Woman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 230 reviews.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
The ultimate power woman, has the job, the great sex life, and the dotting husband¿.until she discovers the other woman. In The Other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey takes you into the perfect household until a peek behind closed doors paints a vastly different portrait. This book has great sex scenes, suspense, and the bumpy ride that happens when you go beyond a couple bliss into threes a crowd lunacy. In the end do you stand by your man or break away for greener pastures? Read the book and find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put my nook down...couldn't wait to get to the next page. Hands down best book ejd really did his thing with this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! This book had all the elements to a story that I like. Beautifully descriptive and dramatic writing! I couldn't put my Nook down. Hats off to Eric Jerome Dickey on a great read...I'll be sure to buy more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love any book by Eric Jerome Dickey! He is an awesome author! Love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read from this author. I like them both very much -- good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great!!!! My fav book!!!!!
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Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so addicting. It's so strong that you can feel every emotion. Every betrayal. By the end you can relate clearly with each character. They're all just people in the end. People who handled what could have been a much simpler situation, the wrong way. Every one of them is stripped of who they are. I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reallye enjoyed reading this, such a page turner, didn't really care for the ending, but I would definitely recommend it to a friend
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This book has EVERYTHING
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This book is so freakin good!!!!!!!!!!!
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I read this in 8 hours. Really great read; my goodness! Worth every cent. JaKai
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites by EJD. Fell in love with all the characters, just plain old humans all flawed up. Loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! I love this book. Couldnt put it down. Best book of his!
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