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Triangles

Triangles

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling romantic suspense Love Lies Beneath

Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the sizzling romantic suspense Love Lies Beneath

Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.

Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Teenage angst is all grown up—but no less fraught with sexual misadventure and gnawing insecurity—in Hopkins’s fearless first novel for adults written entirely in verse. For restless writer and mother-of-three Holly, her looming 40th birthday prompts increasingly risky sexual behavior (inspiration for her sizzling-hot erotica), even as her rebellious teenage daughter charges down her own dangerous sexual path. Meanwhile, Andrea, one divorce and one affair with a married man already under her belt, finds comfort with Holly’s husband after he discovers that Holly has been doing her erotica homework with another man. And while Andrea’s sister Marissa cares for her dying five-year-old daughter and her gay teenage son, her marriage crumbles under the weight of betrayal, anger, and guilt. Written in her signature poetic verse style, Hopkins (Crank) delivers a raw and riveting tale of love and forgiveness that will captivate readers. (Oct.)
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“Hopkins delivers a raw and riveting tale of love and forgiveness that will captivate readers." —Publisher's Weekly

“Though Hopkins is known mostly for her young-adult novels, her latest is an absorbing grown-up story, told in beautiful blank verse, about three friends with messy family and romantic lives.” —EW.com, "Must List" pick

Library Journal
Holly, Andrea, and Marissa—intertwined and separated by blood, friendship, children, and husbands—take turns narrating their lives during one pivotal year. Marissa's daughter slowly dies while a child forms in the womb of Holly's daughter. Holly searches for personal fulfillment that leads her to an unknown world of erotic affairs. Meanwhile, best friend Andrea begins an affair with Holly's devoted husband. Over the course of the year, each woman matures and learns more about her own goals and capabilities. Short, anonymous meditations between each chapter may provide insight (or annoy) the listener. VERDICT The paper-doll characters are too self-absorbed to be likable, and the story is too predictable. The verse format used in the print version is lost in the oral reading. The narrators—January LaVoy, Jan Maxwell, Janel Maloney, and Michele Pawk—give well-measured, seamless performances. Sadly, their attractive voices do not make the book absorbing. For large fiction collections only. ["For popular collections, because there will be an audience," read the review of the Atria: S. & S. hc, LJ 9/1/11; the pb, also by Atria, will publish in June 2012.—Ed.]—Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA
Kirkus Reviews
Sex, motherhood and relationships bring three friends together and tear them apart in a melodrama told entirely in verse. Holly, Andrea and Marissa are all facing midlife crises. Holly deals by losing weight and starting a string of casual affairs, endangering the kind of stable family life that single mom Andrea has always coveted--and so after a string of disappointing dates Andrea starts up with Holly's lawyer husband Jace. Marissa, meanwhile, is dealing with the decline of her congenitally ill 4-year-old daughter and the attitude of her gay son. Along the way, Holly starts to write erotica, Andrea deals with her job at the DMV and Marissa watches her husband, worn out by their daughter's struggle, pull away. But if the copious sex is the lure in this first entirely adult-focused novel by bestselling YA author Hopkins (Perfect, 2011, etc.), it's the mother-daughter relationships that have the most weight. As Holly tries to help her teen Mikayla through her first sexual relationship, she misses the obvious connections to her own acting out; Andrea watches Harley grow into a stronger young woman than her mother ever was, and Marissa breaks her heart trying to make Shelby's short life meaningful. Adoption, abandonment and unwanted pregnancy all make appearances, as the three story lines intertwine. The narrative is easy to follow, and the alternating viewpoints--particularly Holly's and Andrea's--serve to underline each woman's self-delusions and denial. However, the consistently high emotional pitch, along with the constant crises, make this thick volume more soap opera than art, and the verse aspect comes to seem an affectation. The author's fans will undoubtedly love the drama, but newcomers will be dissuaded by the format, if not the page count. The sins of the mothers--and their friends--come to visit the daughters in this overblown weepy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451626339
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Read an Excerpt

TRIANGLES

Scientists say every action

initiates an equal and opposite

reaction. I say that’s just the start.

I say

every action initiates a most

unequal and unpredictable

chain reaction, that

every

filament of living becomes

part of a larger weave, while

remaining identifiable. That each

line

of latitude requires several

stripes of longitude to obtain

meaning. That every universe

is part

of a bigger heaven, a heaven

of rhythm and geometry,

where a heartbeat is the apex

of a triangle.

© 2011 Ellen Hopkins

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, and Fallout. Her novels are praised by teens and adults alike, and she has been called the “bestselling living poet in the U.S.” by mediabistro.com. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada. Be sure to visit Ellen Hopkins online at ellenhopkins.com; myspace/com/ellenhopkins; and twitter.com/ellenhopkinsYA.

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