Title: Five Days
Author: Douglas Kennedy
Review: This book was OK. I found it sad and depressing for the most part and I do not understand the need to leave your life to find yourself. I think finding yourself is important I am 43 and changing my career, back to school, kids are leaving for college one at a time from now and for the next 7 years....I do need to find who I am now....I have 5 kids and stayed home for 11 years...now I want my life again, but I don't need to leave my husband or have an affair for a weekend away from home. Who falls in love over a weekend unless they are looking before they leave in the first place.
I believe we all change in our lives and need to keep changing things to live and be happy, but leaving(having an affair to me is leaving at least emotionally) is not the answer....the answer is to fall in love with your spouse again..you did it once you can do it again.
I think this author did a good job with the writing, but I did not like the subject. Leaving a family after 20 years is devastating to so many. Choice were made and you need to honor those even in your head. We cause ripples in the lives around us and when we choose to do something we know we should not we ripple...the more we do the larger the ripples and those ripples can destroy others...especially children...happiness in life is a choice you make not something someone gives you...happiness has no zip code and no price...it is a choice...ultimately only up to you...you choose to be happy or not... no one else can make you happy or not.
Maybe I would enjoy one of this authors other works. I have yet to enjoy any book with romance in it written by a man. Sorry for being so sexist, but romance is so much better written by a women(my opinion, not the opinion of this blog.)
Publisher: Published April 30th 2013 by AtriaBooks
Quick Review: 2 stars (out of 5)-
Why I Read It: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a remarkable new novel that explores how and why we fall in love.Laura works in a small hospital on the Maine coast, scanning and x-raying many a scared patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best result, she is well versed in the random unfairness of life, a truism that has started to affect her personally. Her husband Dan has become a stranger since losing his job. With a son in college and a daughter set to leave home, she wonders how the upcoming empty nest will affect the disconnected state of her marriage.
Still, Laura jumps at the opportunity to attend a conference in Boston where she meets a man as grey and uninspired as her drab hotel. His name is Richard. He’s a fifty-something salesman, also from Maine, also in Boston for the weekend. When a chance meeting brings them together again, Laura begins to discover a far more complex and thoughtful man behind the flat facade. Like herself, Richard ponders his own life and wonders if the time has come to choose desire over obligation.
Five Days is a moving love story that will have readers reflecting about the choices made that so shape all our destinies. Featuring Kennedy’s trademark evocative prose and his brilliant ability to delineate life the way it is truly lived today, it is a novel that speaks directly to the many contradictions of the human heart.
Author Biography: Douglas Kennedy was born in Manhattan in 1955. He studied at Bowdoin College, Maine and Trinity College, Dublin, returning to Dublin in 1977 with just a trenchcoat, backpack and $300. He co-founded a theatre company and sold his first play, Shakespeare on Five Dollars a Day, to Radio 4 in 1980. In 1988 he moved to London and published a travel book, Beyond the Pyramids. His debut novel The Dead Heart was published in 1994.