Praise for To Have and To Hold
“Green is the queen of the chick lit literati—her books are just so damn readable.…for sheer enjoyment, To Have andTto Hold can’t be beaten.”
“A deftly humorous and insightful take on modern marriage.”
“As ever, Jane Green whips up a sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low rent romance.”
“A compulsive read, with women you can’t help rooting for.”
In bestselling British novelist Green's sixth novel, a less-than-perfect London marriage disintegrates stateside. Alice loves her husband, the dashing Joe Chambers, even though he works late and travels a lot-he can be so wonderful (when he's around) and she still can't believe he picked mousy little her. (Of course, he transformed her into a blonde-highlighted, Jimmy Choo-sporting sophisticate first.) Blind to Joe's incessant philandering-even after an office sex act gets him banished to New York-Alice accepts his guilt gifts and hopes for the best. She doesn't want to leave her London life, but she's always loved nature and the rustic life, so Joe buys, in addition to a Manhattan apartment, a house in fictional Highfield, Conn. As the prologue warns, it's not just any house; it belonged to (fictional) 1930s writer Rachel Danbury, whose novel The Winding Road blew the lid off the town with its saga of infidelities. "Does history repeat itself?" Of course! Green tracks, in great detail, Joe's further infidelities, Alice's dissatisfactions, their fights and reconciliations; she also dips into the POVs of Josie Mitchell (Joe's lover) and Emily, Alice's best friend. Alice is mostly sympathetic, but for someone who thinks of herself as "a post-feminist child of a feminist," she sure bends over backward to please the snake she married. The one plot twist, involving Emily and her beau, Harry, is sweet but predictable. Green's style relies heavily on exposition, and while her prose is clean, her story is padded-kind of like one of those sexy bras that rat Joe likes. 6-city author tour. (May 18) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
English rose Alice moves to New York with her breathtaking but swinish husband, and while he's busy being unfaithful, she rediscovers herself by fixing up their new country home in Connecticut. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Mousy woman weds philandering jerk. A lackluster array of supposedly sophisticated characters fall in and out of love and marriage in Green's uninspired sixth outing (a "#1-bestselling blockbuster novel in Britain," we're told). Alice Chambers is a shy but successful caterer who's romanced by Joe, a good-looking womanizer: he's oh-so-amused by her essential innocence and what passes for self-deprecating wit about terribly important things like expensive footwear that pinches ("Bloody Jimmy Choos"). Airheads on both sides of the Atlantic will be impressed by heaps and heaps of brittle oh-darling dialogue and brand-name-y prose, plus a general sense of throwaway fabulousness that would bring a chilly smile even to Anna Wintour's narrow lips. Joe and Alice move through a slice of Manhattan that's as thin and unreal as they are-from Bergdorf's on 57th St. to the posh Vietnamese eatery Le Colonial a few blocks south, and that's it, though Wall Street is mentioned once or twice. (That's where Joe does something with money, darling.) Throwaway fabulousness, however, does not come cheap. Joe prefers New York for female-fondling escapades, but Alice flees to Connecticut and takes up gardening, finding comfort in fluffy puppies and vicarious adultery, thanks to women writers. Her carelessly elegant attire escapes the dreaded Westport effect-no navy plaid skirts and boiled-wool blazers for our Alice-as Diesel jeans and muddy Wellies get her noticed. Or is it actually her trim tummy and newfound self-confidence? And what about Joe, who's worried about getting his bunny boiled by an out-of-control mistress? Oh, darling, it's all so ironic. And all written in the present tense, too . . . . Come back,Jemima J (2000)!Agency: Gelfman Schneider Agency