As Husbands Go

As Husbands Go

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Now in mass market from bestselling author and "master of the genre" ( O, The Oprah Magazine ), a " fast and furious ride through wanton greed, fragile relationships, and love worth fighting for" ( Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Susie B Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten was sure her marriage to Jonah Gersten, MD--adoring spouse and doting father to their young triplets--was perfection. But when the Park Avenue plastic surgeon is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of second-rate "escort" Dorinda Dillon, nothing makes sense to Susie--not Jonah's sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, not the over-the-top politeness of Jonah's partners, and definitely not being universally pitied (widow of murder victim!) and quietly mocked (husband paid for sleazy sex!) by everyone she knows. Then her tough-talking, super-chic grandma Ethel flies in from Miami, and together they take on Jonah's snooty parents, his egotistical colleagues, the NYPD, and the DA as Susie tries to prove that her wonderful life with her husband was no lie.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2010.
ISBN: 9781451633368
9781416573012
1416573011
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,24 cm.

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Pisinga
Apr 14, 2016

The book is written very well. Nice to read. The plot - not so interesting. Some perplexity over the descriptions of clothing and looks of characters I made such conclusions: - If you are not dressed in couture clothing and don't wear a Manolo shoes, and your car is not a convertible Jaguar - you are no one. Everyone from the circle of the protagonist are plastic surgeons, lawyers, doctors, etc., including herself, will never to wear something that is not a high brands clothes, and if someone (and the majority are) do not dress per Vogue magazine standards so as a person he/she is not worthy of attention. There some specific sarcasm from author, "social satire", as it written in the summary on back cover of the book. And it is this satire makes possible to perceive a crime with a certain ease, if I may say so. But the question remains open - For what is this parade of arrogant characters? The attempt to present Ethel, grandmother, as an interesting person, no matter of her past, is failed: an impression of her as an antipathetic character still remains.

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johncruse
Aug 11, 2015

Four hundred fifty pages of hysteria. How great is that?

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SusannahElf
Aug 23, 2012

I did not enjoy spending time listening to this shallow and materialistic narrator whine about her life. She has the most unobstrusive triplets in the history of single motherhood (the two au pairs and housekeeper probably help) yet is constantly complaining about her busy busy life while being sure to mention the price and provenance of every expensive item in her possession and sneering at the lesser quality items of other people. The wrong spouse got killed! Isaacs has done better in the past - I hope she will again.

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vitareader
Jun 21, 2011

The plot always seemed to be on the verge of becoming suspenseful, then it would relapse into Susie's problems. It took way too long to get around to the corpse. I found the book predictable and the character of Susie was just not one I could sympathize with. I thought from the book jacket description there would be more hands on detecting and danger. I was disappointed.
The unfinished bitterness and strain between Susie's mom and grandmom is not resolved and it suggests a sequel. I won't be reading it.

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