Five Star, Feb 2003, 26.95, 257 pp.
Though unhappy with her married life as her spouse David is never home, Fenway College nursing professor Liz Adams says nothing avoiding conflict as if it is a deadly disease. Her business mogul spouse never offers salutations let alone words of affection. In fact his only discussions with Liz are soliloquies criticizing her for some alleged fault or error or ordering her to do something for him.
Peter owns a Middle East food stand near the college. Liz is one of his better customers as she enjoys the palate and how Peter and his employees dress up as vegetables. Peter and Liz become friends and soon lovers. She becomes pregnant and asks David for a divorce but he is vindictive man who is trying to destroy her for betraying him. Other problems surface, but with Peter at her side, Liz faces the dinosaurs of her college and the nastiness of her ex spouse with dignity (and a wrongful firing suit) though knowing she will probably lose.
Though at times this engaging contemporary relationship drama slows down to pontificate, readers will enjoy the metamorphosis of Liz from cowardly victim to willing dragon slayer. Liz makes the plot work though the secondary cast adds depth by enabling readers to understand her and easily accept how she changes as adroitly designed by D-L Nelson.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner