Sunday, January 25, 2009

Love and Other Natural Disasters

Love and Other Natural Disasters by Holly Shumas

What was this book about?

Eve and Jonathon have seen their lives travel in a direction they never expected. They have a five year old son, live in the burbs, and are expecting their second. It all seems to be going fine. There is no great joy in their relationship but the comfort and trust of it makes Eve happy.

Then everything is shattered when she finds out that Jon has been keeping secrets. He has formed a deep friendship with another woman. While it hasn’t really turned physical they definitely are having an emotional affair.

How can Eve deal with Jon breaking her trust? Did Jon even do anything that was really wrong? Where can they go from here? What caused them to get to that point? It is all covered.

What did you think about the book?

Wow! What a topic. This is one of those topics that I have yet to find (before now) a book that delved into the human problem of an emotional affair. While reading this book was very enjoyable – it makes me almost wish I had a book club to discuss what other people felt about it.

I mean could you rebound from that in your own life? What about the fact that Eve has children – should that affect her decision/feelings? Does Eve carry any fault in Jon’s actions? What about the fact that her friends and family don’t seem to understand the significance of the affair? Do you think that getting through this (whether separately or together) has made them better people? Better able to be in a relationship?

The fact that it made me think that much about it to me shows that it is a great book. It isn’t a tough read – and it makes you think about what you would do if you were in that situation.

What genre would you consider this?

Family Dynamics


Question for You!

Which do you think is worse – an emotional affair or a physical one?

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