Outtakes from a Marriage
Shaye Areheart Books
On Sale: June 3, 2008
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan
now that Joe’s finally made it; he’s the star of a hit TV
show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award.
After many lean years, they’ve got a grand Upper West Side
apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids
go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are
still madly in love.
Or so Julia thinks until the
fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on
Joe’s phone— a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who
clearly isn’t just a friend. Suddenly Julia is in a
tailspin, compulsively checking Joe’s messages, stalking him
in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets,
wondering all along if she should confront him. Julia’s
search forces her to consider the possibility that in the
long process of helping Joe become something, she has become
a bit of a “nothing,” as her daughter once described her to
her class on career day. A big husband-stalking
When Julia and Joe first met, she was an
edgy East Village girl who wrote music reviews for the
Village Voice and threw famed parties in a gritty downtown
loft with her friends. Joe was a shy, awkward drama student
who followed her around like a lovesick spaniel. After he
won her heart, Julia helped Joe evolve into a roguishly
handsome charmer who became increasingly obsessed with his
looks and his career. Julia, meanwhile, settled into doting
motherhood and a new life of comfy clothes and parenting
Now, faced with the looming awards
show and the possibility of a destroyed marriage, Julia
embarks on an accelerated self-improvement routine of Botox,
hair extensions, and erotically charged shrink sessions
while dodging the sancti-mommies who lie in wait for her at
her son’s preschool each day.
A unique take on the
perennially popular issue of women trying not to lose
themselves in matrimony and motherhood, Outtakes from a
Marriage is expertly and humorously set against the
Manhattan preschool mafia, the Hollywood machine, and the
ticking clock of a waiting red carpet.
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