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Sometimes a marriage is over long before it officially ends. When Cara's husband packs a bulging suitcase and leaves her for a younger woman ironically named Barbie, Cara can only say, "That's it?" before the tears begin. Now Cara has lost three dress sizes while picking up the pieces of her life with four kids and...
Sometimes a marriage is over long before it officially ends. When Cara's husband packs a bulging suitcase and leaves her for a younger woman ironically named Barbie, Cara can only say, "That's it?" before the tears begin. Now Cara has lost three dress sizes while picking up the pieces of her life with four kids and no man, and a mother whose idea of support involves detailing how Cara didn't do enough to save the marriage. But she is surviving with the help of her best friends: Melanie, aka Mel-the-fixer-of-everything, who feels that faithless Jack's departure is the best thing that could have happened;Leah, solid as a rock, who is always there to lean on;and Paige, the casserole queen, who shows up with mac-n-cheese and sympathy.
Despite frustrations and self-doubts, Cara is learning to hope and heal as she transforms from a long-suffering wife to the vibrant, self-assured woman she was meant to be. But the road to Cara's brighter future is strewn with complications, especially when the "other woman" asks for a favor. . .and Cara's path takes a poignant twist on the road to happiness.
Deborah J. Wolf is the author of With You and Without You. She lives with her husband and two adopted children in the wine country of Northern California.
Posted December 9, 2008
Six months and twenty three pounds ago, Jack Clancy dumped his wife of eighteen years Cara for a younger Barbie. Since he left, she came down three sizes from her size 11 married clothes, but struggles to being a swinging single as she finds the loneliness numbing in spite of sharing the house with their four kids seventeen years old Katherine, ten years old William, eight years old Lucas, and seven years old Claire. Cara¿s mom provides her usual support by blaming her for not being able to hold onto her man. Her best friends: Mel, Leah, and Paige try to help her by insisting Jack is an idiot and bringing covered dishes that are not eaten, but makes Cara feels like she is grieving which she believes is true as she mourns the loss of her marriage. Clinging to a hope that he will come back ends when she meets by accident Barbie at the gynecologist on ironically Valentine¿s Day. Although Cara is still Jack¿s wife, Barbie carries his next offspring. Still she struggles with moving on even as she gossips with her support group in spite of Barbie pleading with her not to do so. --- Although meeting coincidence is critical to the story line, fans will enjoy this fine family drama as Cara used to living with Jack must learn to live without him. The story line is character driven by the ensemble cast who provide unwelcome advice to Cara. However, the plot belongs to the heroine who goes through the Kubler-Ross five stages of catastrophic news: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.