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Just Another Week in Suburbia Kindle Edition
Casper Gray goes to bed a happily married man.
He wakes up questioning whether everything is a lie.
Life in suburbia holds few surprises for Casper. He and his wife Jane are still trying for a baby after seven years. His neighbours have their quirks to be navigated. And his job as a high school teacher, while satisfying, comes with its challenges.
Every day is much like the one before - that is, until Casper makes a discovery that threatens everything he knows... As Casper's fears grows into obsessions, his world starts to unravel.
Just Another Week in Suburbia is a story about love, trust, and insecurity, and the question of whether you can ever really know another person.
- ASIN : B073W21FKG
- Publisher : Pantera Press (1 September 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1986 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
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I loved the characterisation of Casper, and the exploration of masculinity and the insecurities surrounding it. More than anything, I loved how this story took me out of my own world and dropped me into someone else's.
A page-turning, contemporary lit-fic novel that will have you laughing, crying and potentially throwing your copy across the room in the best possible way.
And then, he accidently knocks Jane’s handbag, and while cleaning up the spillage is gobsmacked to discover:
‘A condom sits there – Four Seasons, glow in the dark. The corner of the wrapper is dog-eared. Maybe it’s been battered inside Jane’s bag, or maybe somebody started to tear it open.’
So begins one of the most challenging weeks of Casper Gray’s life. He agonises over this discovery. Is Jane having an affair? How can he discuss this with her? And, while Casper agonises and obsesses, other aspects of his world start to fall to pieces. Problems arise at school, and with Vic (the neighbour who so objects to Wallace). Can Casper find a way to deal with these issues? And what about Beth? She’s his closest friend at school, and she has some relationship problems of her own.
As I read this novel, I was offering Casper all kinds of sage advice. Although Casper didn’t listen (it’s one of the most common faults of characters in novels, they rarely listen to the reader), I hoped that he would ‘man up’ and take responsibility for what he needed to do.
How do we deal with insecurity, love and trust? What do we do when we think that we know someone completely, and then find there’s another dimension to that person’s life? What would Casper do? Would he talk to Jane? Would he deal with Vic? Would he get caught up in Beth’s problems? Would he deal with the issues at school? So many questions to cover in one week: how would Mr Zig pull this all together in his debut novel? You’ll need to read it for yourself to find out.
I can say that I enjoyed the novel, and I’ll certainly be looking out for more work by Mr Zig.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Pantera Press for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.