In this evocative chronicle of one woman's life in the 1990s, Maynard creates an extraordinary character out of the altogether familiar attributes of Claire, divorced mother of two children and epitome of the supermom. Approaching her fortieth birthday, Claire spends her days juggling the demands of a career with the vicissitudes of parenthood and the exciting if confusing role of lover. Romantic and sexual needs that were never fulfilled by her former husband are now satiated, first by Mickey, who turns out to be skittish about Claire's children, and then by a truly devoted lover, Tim, himself the father of an impossibly difficult young daughter. Admirers will savor Maynard's skillful renderings in this knowing, finely realized novel of the emotional peaks and the excruciating mishaps that come with the territory of love affairs and of parenting.
"This is a splendid, heartfelt novel that knows far too much about what is going wrong between men and women in these strange and dizzying times. Joyce Maynard's subject is love, but her gift is presenting it in all its many masks and stoney guises as men and women blunder toward each other with all the tenderness of their wounds open for all to see. Her book feels real enough to live in."
"Where Love Goes is a novel that has the intimacy and directness of a voice whispering in your ear. It is about love, loss, memory, music, men, women, children and how they drag us kicking and screaming into adulthood. A lovely book. And true."
"The subject here is love, between parents and kids, husbands and wives, and lovers how we beat each other up with it, misplace and misunderstand it, and fall on our swords over it, then find the touchingly human bravery to get up the next day and start pursuing it again. Joyce Maynard has written a pitch-perfect, wise, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant book."
"Funny, tender, and true...Maynard's best yet."