would you feel if your husband's friends were all on their second, much-younger wives? Leslie Anne Greene Carter is getting tired of being made
to feel lucky just because her husband hasn't yet found his arm candy.
Taking control of her own fate, Les moves back to the Lowcountry, hoping
to rediscover the joys of her youth.
Welcome to Saint Magnolia's Wounded Theater. At least that's what I called it. Within these slick walls reside Atlanta's pish-posh team of premier psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and relationship counselors who specialize in the broken hearts/crushed egos of the privileged and renowned. Their lavish confessionals, perched high above the city, are, well, breathtaking. I was here because my husband, Wesley, insisted this was the only place he'd even consider receiving, as he was loath to say, therapy. And as it was on my first visit, the vast waiting area was packed.—The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank (HarperCollins / William Morrow, 2013, p. 3)
Just for the record? Wesley needed therapy. I. Absolutely. Did. Not.
- Setting: contemporary, Scotland; Charleston and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina; Atlanta
- Circumstances: Can this marriage be saved? Should this marriage be saved?
- Characters: Leslie and Wesley, their family and friends
- Genre: women's fiction, beach reading, contemporary fiction
- Themes: friendship; marriage; family; aging; trust; loyalty; fidelity
- Miscellaneous: the story is told from both Leslie's and Wesley's perspectives
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