THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE
There's nothing ordinary about the story Hale weaves. It's quite funny, especially Becky and Felix's rapport. Spanning a nice chunk of time from beginning to end, the book never takes the easy route and is
a fun and interesting read.
When Becky, a pregnant Mormon homemaker, meets her favorite Hollywood actor, she finds they have a comfortableness, something between them that's hard to define. They strike up an unusual friendship, something that their respective spouses generally accept. After Felix and his wife visit Becky's family in Utah, he announces he's in love with Becky -- and is good-naturedly rebuffed. Which, unexpectedly, makes the friendship stronger.
Despite the ups and downs of both their lives, their friendship and Becky's faithfulness to her husband are constants. But when life throws some hardballs at them both, will they keep their friendship as is ... or explore something more? (BLOOMSBURY, Jun., 320 pp., $24.00)