ANOTHER LIFE

Author(s): 

Roth's book is largely a family
drama with a small element of romance. The premise is an intriguing
one, but some of the novel's key
conversations don't ring as true as
they might, which creates character believability issues and an idealized story world. And, while both heroines' journeys are interesting, there
are several spots where critical
scenes are telescoped, making
the latter chapters feel like a
summation.

When Mary Beth Mason loses her husband of 20 years to a fatal heart attack, she believes she's survived the worst. Not so. Soon she learns he had another family and another life, hundreds of miles away. He also had a mountain of debt, which he left her to face alone.

As his "other" wife, Caroline Mason finds herself in a similar position. Both women have mortgaged homes, no savings or life insurance policies and young daughters to raise. When Caroline and Mary Beth form a tenuous and surprising friendship, however, positive changes begin to take place in both their lives, including the potential for new love. (ZEBRA, Apr., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel