Release date: September 23, 2014
Morton, author of Starting Out in the Evening and Breakable You, knows his literary facts; he also has a straightforward understanding of the major players, the history, the factions, of the modern women's movement.
Morton is also adept at portraying the modern female in various stages of life: the innocent with a burgeoning awakening (Emily); the seasoned married woman on the cusp of adultery (Janine); the mature older woman (Florence).
However, I feel that he falters a bit with the characterization of Janine. Why would Janine be attracted to the paternal, schlubby Lev, her co-worker, rather than Daniel? This mystifies the reader. Daniel is intelligent, sensitive, politically aware. Lev is what ... available? Attentive? I think he misses an opportunity in the possible confrontation between Daniel and Janine. The denouement about the adultery fizzles rather than pops.
Florence rides into the proverbial sunset the way she comes into the novel ... with no regrets, no apologies, but leaving in her wake a mightily impressed assemblage of admiring family members and readers.