The Arrangement

The Arrangement

by Sarah Dunn
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The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

*National Bestseller*




Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's "hot lunch," dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood."

When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though-the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible-that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316013611
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 40,125
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sarah Dunn is a novelist and television writer whose credits include Spin City (for which she co-wrote Michael J. Fox's farewell episode) and the critical darling Bunheads, which you would have loved. Her debut novel, The Big Love, is available to read in nineteen languages. Dunn is also the creator and executive producer of the 2016 ABC series, American Housewife. She lives outside New York City with her family and their seventeen chickens.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 28, 1969

Place of Birth:

Phoenix, Arizona

Education:

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1991

What People are Saying About This

author of Here's to Us - Elin Hilderbrand

"Sarah Dunn has written an irresistibly JUICY novel about a couple who try an unconventional experiment in an attempt to revitalize their marriage. This story, addictive from the very first pages, becomes not only more tantalizing as it unfolds but also more thought-provoking. The Arrangement will both shock and delight you."

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The Arrangement 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am trying to figure out how this book has so many good reviews. It was choppy, there were too many random stories about random characters, and everyone was unlikeable. The only reason I finished it was because I figured something good must be coming. Spoiler: it never does.
Anonymous 4 days ago
This book was great! I could not put it down.
sdsunset2 More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing book. I got it as a present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happen to like a good chic lit book if it is amusing and well written. This one is. Our New York couple decide to invigorate their marriage by making an "arrangement". That is to have an open marriage with few if any rules. Do not fall in love, have safe sex, and do not mention the arrangement. Pretty simple? Well, it is pretty but simple it is not. Problems arise both predictable and otherwise. The book is funny and interesting, really a great beach read or a perfect rainy day weekend read. I await another novel by Sarah Dunn but meantime arrange to read this funny and poignant story about love, life, and marriage.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
The Arrangement is a contemporary fictional story about Lucy and Owen. A dinner invitation to a friend’s house, who happens to have an open marriage, instigates a thought in the couple’s mind. What if they too relinquish all commitments to each other and trial it out. The arrangement becomes a set of rules where they aren’t supposed to talk to each other about the affair and that they aren’t to fall in love with the person. Owen jumps to the gun the moment they agree to this where with Lucy, it takes a while for her to find someone. Owen’s new partner is a crazy woman where Lucy finds a real charmer. What then transpires between them and the four-way relationship sums up the story. The couple also share an autistic child, and they have many mutual friends that act as a filler in the whole plot of the game. The first thing I thought when I picked this book up was to have a clear mind and not to judge it based on my own personal view on marriage. This was hard for me but I somehow, through all the ups and downs of the story, managed to look at the novel in the perspective of the characters. The concept of having the ability to have an affair with multiple people was not far out of reach when the lead characters only picked one person to go with on a continuous basis. That did not make sense to me. The literature and style of writing were incredibly new for me. In my opinion, it appeared that all rules had gone out of the window and the author had begun her own set of sentence structures and guidelines in any grammatical way. I found so many incomplete sentences and issues with the content that it kept disrupting the flow of the reading. There were many sideline stories embedded with the lead characters that I found unnecessary. If the author had decided to conclude them in the ending, then that would have made sense but to just add sideline plots as fillers, and to add page numbers, was disappointing. I enjoyed the subtle humor in the book. On occasions, the author would really describe events and occurrences in such a delightful way that you would feel as if you were watching it, instead of reading it. I thoroughly relished the autistic boy and how he challenged Lucy. As a mother, I thought that it made the story very relatable and made the reader bond with Lucy on a personal level. The ending was not very clear and did leave questions behind. There was no secure closure or lesson to be learned. I believe anyone that is looking for a light reading with no particular purpose would enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book buddy has read this book and I decided to give it a whirl. I was a little disappointed especially the ending. Owen and Lucy have been married and were in a slump. Wyatt, their special needs son, and he takes all their attention. One night, when BBQ'ing with friends the couple tell them about their "arrangement". At first Lucy and Owen were shocked. To what end... so they joking make a decision to have an "arrangement" of their own. Lucy, needed an outlet, she was a stay home mom to Wyatt and she dreamed of having something that made her feel wanted, needed, an adult to talk to about things other than Wyatt's needs and what to do with/for Wyatt. Owen, had his own list of reasons. They agree for a period of six months and the "rules". No one was expecting for them to get so entangled and their lives so shaken by what all transpires in the six months. The highlight was the scene at Church. The ending was just too flat. I expected more conflict or a climax. Which it really didn't offer. The writing was sound just the ending needed a better Climatic ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, despite the taboo subject. Kinda like watching the Titanic movie...you know there's danger ahead, but still can't stop watching to see what unfolds. Quick, engulfing, thought-provoking read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasnt that interested at first but then it got better...allot of back and forth was sometimes confusing but then it flows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this impulsively after reading the book notes, and was pleasantly surprised at the depth and insights. Open marriage books can have tragedy, but this book handles the subject with just enough humor thrown in to make a difficult subject believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Sarah Dunn for writing "The Arrangement". I loved the author's descriptions of the unconventional stereotypes of marriage, family, friendship and community. The genres of this book are Women's Fiction, Satire,and Humor. As a matter of fact, at certain parts in this novel, which I found hilarious, I had to use my inhaler from laughing so hard. The author's witty approach and descriptions of the characters are amazing and intriguing. The characters are complex, complicated, quirky, and flawed, and at times find themselves in absurd and amusing situations. There are certain controversial topics that are discussed in this book. This book has so many topics to discuss. I would highly recommend this and hope that you enjoy it!!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Sarah Dunn for writing "The Arrangement". I loved the author's descriptions of the unconventional stereotypes of marriage, family, friendship and community. The genres of this book are Women's Fiction, Satire,and Humor. As a matter of fact, at certain parts in this novel, which I found hilarious, I had to use my inhaler from laughing so hard. The author's witty approach and descriptions of the characters are amazing and intriguing. The characters are complex, complicated, quirky, and flawed, and at times find themselves in absurd and amusing situations. There are certain controversial topics that are discussed in this book. This book has so many topics to discuss. I would highly recommend this and hope that you enjoy it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very eye opening! Easy read and thought provoking!
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