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Book Review: True Enough

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

[5 stars]

True Enough     Amazon US HC Amazon Canada HC
Stephen McCauley
Class/Genre:   Fiction
Simon & Schuster, Jun 2001, $24.00, 314 pp.

If anyone believes that all people approaching forty are settled in their ways, Jane Cody will prove them wrong. Jane has a doting husband, a precocious six-year old, and works as a producer at a Boston pubic TV station. However, instead of elation, Jane is bored. She begins to clandestinely meet with her former husband who pushes has passion buttons like a magician although he is married and a known philanderer. Desmond Sullivan lives in New York City with his lover of five years Russel. He feels he is losing his identity by being part of a couple so accepts a position at Danforth College in Boston. Jane's husband works just across the hall from Desmond. Jane and Desmond team up to further their careers as both instinctively knows the other is discontented. When Desmond goes home for a weekend, he thinks he finds evidence that Joshua is cheating on her and ends up sleeping with Jane's brother whose wife is pregnant. After messing up their lives, Jane and Desmond decide to tell their partner the truth and hope love weathers the emotional storm. TRUE ENOUGH is an entertaining mainstream drama that stars two protagonists seemingly running in place, but not knowing that they go nowhere. Jane and Desmond are far from perfect, but that makes them interesting as they make mistakes in trying to do the right thing for everyone. Stephen McCauley provides a strong relationship drama that indicates he has quite a career ahead of him

Harriet Klausner

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