6.24.2021

finished reading

I liked the representation of Aspergers, it was carefully and poignantly a part of Matthew's character.  I don't really know how to describe this book--I kept thinking that the vignettes were like a quirky television show.  It is beautifully written and there are moments that I chuckled from Audra's obliviousness.  Ultimately it's a coming-of-age story from the perspective of a middle-aged man.

From the publisher:
Graham Cavanaugh's second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. Audra is charming and spontaneous and fun, but life with her can be exhausting, constantly interrupted by phone calls, burdened by houseguests, and populated by old men with backpacks full of origami paper. As Graham and Audra struggle to define their marriage and raise a child with Asperger's, they decide to establish a friendship with his first wife, Elspeth. But former spouses are hard to categorize--are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? Is there a right choice?


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