Sandy Pressman is the wife of Norman, a successful but dull businessman, has two children and after 12 years of marriage, is utterly bored with her 1970's New Jersey suburban housewife role. She idolizes Jackie Kennedy, has fantasies about the guy who drives by on a motorcycle and wonders what ever happened to her exciting high school boyfriend, Shep.
When her kids are away at summer camp she decides to explore the possibilities for an extra-marital affair. She starts by looking up her friend in New York with an open marriage, has an unexpected encounter with her brother-in-law, and eventually reunites with Shep, who is interested in going further than they did in high school. Sandy starts to get confused about what she wants and then discovers evidence that maybe Norman has been having a long term affair.
The review of this Book prepared by L. Watson
Mary S on 8/24/2015 5:35:56 PM says: I liked the timeframe of the 60s, early 70s milieu, along with the attitudes and expectations of those times. The confusion felt by Sandy over how to meet those expectations, then as she tries to resolve her feelings when it turns out she wants more from life. I found the ending somewhat sad but utterly realistic. Sandy wasn't prepared socially or financially to stand on her own. So she opted for what was familiar. My guess is that it took her infidelity for Norman to finally open his eyes to Sandy's unhappiness, and that going forward he would make more of an effort. Guessing they are still together.