Oprah fave Jane Hamilton's new potboiler is a wicked, fun ride.
Set in a small Wisconsin town, we are immediately informed that the townspeople think Laura’s husband is gay. The joke is, of course, on them: Charlie is tirelessly heterosexualso much so that after 12 years of marriage, Laura, who is worn out, bans him from her bedroom. Enter popular radio show host Jenna Faroli, whose blossoming relationship with Charlie becomes the instrument for Laura’s transformation into the artist (romance novelist) she aspires to be. Hamilton does a splendid job rendering the threesome’s unlikely situation plausibleno small thing. The author’s good-natured sense of humor is rendered more potent with the wicked little plot twists. I suppose excerpts of her prose are available at the tips of your fingers, but I like this fine exhibit of Hamilton’s writing persona.