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Ronnie, an engaged hairdresser with a history of teenage recklessness and mystery childhood illnesses, feels stifled by the unavoidable pull of the predictable, comfortable life laid out before her. Charlie, an anxiety-ridden, award-winning writer, feels suffocated by his literary success and familial responsibility, including a bread-winning wife and a child with autism. When the unlikely pair meet at a holiday party where Ronnie's fiance is the caterer, a torrid affair, which begins on office desks and in Toronto hotel rooms, provides both with a false reality that offers solace in its secrets. Charlie becomes obsessed with the calm of Ronnie's ordinariness, and Ronnie revels in the clandestine secrets and dramatic interludes of an otherwise predictable life. The two live in film scripts and prose, until the entire lie combusts in all its tragic beauty.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : ECW Press, [2013].
ISBN: 9781770411418
Branch Call Number: FOWLE
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm.


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Nov 12, 2017

I was thoroughly expecting this to be a light read, a book of little substance who's job it was to cleanse my palate between more substantial works. I was wrong. Infidelity offers up a realistic and complex perspective on the extramarital affair. Told from the points of view of the "guilty" parties, Fowles presents a fresh perspective that gives the reader much to think about. This book follows the path of a doomed-from-the-start clandestine relationship and its effects on all those involved.

Very intelligently written and the characters come across as believable. There are a few instances of contrived scenes but, all in all, definitely worth the read. This book would certainly be a hit with the book club set as there is much to discuss here.

Dec 08, 2013

When I first started reading this novel, I wasn't sure how I would feel by the end - whether or not I would like it. I found some of the scenarios and lines a bit contrived and clichéd at times, but by the end I think I was won over. There are some lovely lines about how messy and unpredictable and ugly love (and lust) can be, and how things just don't always work out like they should.

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