Read "Open House" in a pleasantly spent afternoon.
Written: Feb 24, 2002
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by the Epinions community
Pros:Ecclectic characters, well written, poignant plot line.
Cons:Woman loses husband, woman finds herself. Been there, read that.
The Bottom Line: I liked it, a good read, a nice departure from the deep dark books I like to read. Clean, cleverly written, and funny in places.
I loved the characters in this novel. They were ecclectic enough to hold my interest. Samantha (or Sam as she prefers to be called) has grown away from her husband, David. She realizes it one afternoon, whn she asks him about going to a marriage councelor and sees in his eyes, hears in his voice that their marriage was over.
There are so many people to tell, her son Travis, who reacts like a typical 11 year old boy would, indifferent, angry and sad in turns. Her mother who offers her advice to "Get back on the horse as soon as possible." and starts lining her up with blind dates withing a few days of Sams announcement of her impending divorce. Sam's friend from college Rita announces, "I never did like David anyway, he was a jerk." Which although true was not helpful.
Sam becomes obsessed with Martha Stewart, hurting her ex-husband and sorting out her conflicting feelings. In the process she begins to meet all sorts of interesting people when she places advertisements looking for roomates so that she can meet her financial obligations and keep her house.
The people that she meets enrich her life and help her realize that here is more to life than being someone's partner, and that simple contentment is not enough sometimes. The characters in this book rang true to me, even the surprise phone call from Martha Stewart. She's exactly as I would imagine her to be. This book is a departure for me, a book that ends well, and one in which I enjoyed the characters, all of them.
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