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Owen Mackenzie is an elderly retired software designer living in a marital bliss with his second wife, Julia, in a small town from Massachusetts. However, the true story is about all the other women that once existed in Owen's life.
The character has a lot of flashbacks, remembering about his first marriage with Phyllis, an brilliant mathematician and MIT graduate but a rather frigid woman. Despite not having a great sex life with Phyllis, they still manage to have a bunch of children. They struggle a lot financially, but ultimately Owen and his best friend, Ed, start a small software business thta does quite well. The couple (Owen and Phyllis) buy a house in Middlefalls and raise their children there. during those years, Owen has a lot of affairs with several of the housewifes from Middlefalls. The affairs are a pretext for the author to write quite freely about love, married life of middle class America and about sex. After several affairs, Owen meets Julia, the wife of a pastor that recently moved to the village. They both realized they are hopelessly in love with each other and decide to divorce and get married.
Best part of story, including ending: I like the story because it helps women understand how men's brian work when it comes to sex, marriage and sexual fidelity.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when old Owen wakes up one morning and starts looking for Julia, realizing just how much he still loves her after a few decades they spent together.

Opinion about the main character: I liked the main character's lucidity and the way he analyzes his emotions and feelings (or the lack of them).

The review of this Book prepared by Maria Gatea a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar





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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Wife Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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