In London, forty-three years old psychotherapist Chloe Zhivago seems to be living the perfect life. She loves her spouse Dr. Greg and cherishes her two teenage children who seem abnormal because they cause no trouble and adore their parents. Perhaps the only downside in her life is Greg's phobic reaction to his uncle having Alzheimer's; and to be honest she finds it cute when he hides household items so that he can recall where he put them; that is except the teakettle. Chloe knows life is good so why is she going through a crisis of is that all there is.
Greg seems to have one Alzheimer's' trait that annoys Chloe; he has forgotten the erotic weekends when they first married seventeen years ago. She and her best friend corporate climber and mommy Ruth Zimmer discuss the lack of spontaneity especially sex in their lives. Seeking passion (and sex) Chloe wonders if the new hunk on the block, married Ivan the Russian can light her fire. His notes of love (in Russian) entice Chloe to consider a tryst; that is after she has it converted into the Queen's English, which loses something in the translation.
Tongue in cheek, this is an amusing look at the middle age crisis starring a woman whose recipes add to the fun of the tale. The support cast is a zany eccentric bunch whether they are family, friend, potential lover, or patient. However, this is clearly Chloe's fling as she ponders the critical issue facing a forty something person: to cheat or not to cheat that is the titillating question.
- Hardcover: 306 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (5 June 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345495756
- ISBN-13: 978-0345495754
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.9 x 21.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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