HAPPY ANY DAY NOW
Devens’ writing style lends itself well to this humorous tale of love and life. Judith is a protagonist all readers can identify with in some way — whether it is through her meddling mother (and reappearing father), her complicated love life or her anxieties about work. It is an easy-to-read story that will have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next.
Judith Raphael is a half-Korean, half-Jewish cellist with the Maryland Philharmonic. She is living her life swimmingly as her 50th birthday approaches — she is close with her mother, loves her job and has an uncommitted romantic relationship with a fellow member of the orchestra. But, of course, things can never stay the same. Judith’s first love returns to throw her entire love life into chaos; her father reappears after years away and tries to woo her mother — and Judith — back; and a series of events at work leaves her with a bout of stage fright. How can Judith overcome it all and be truly happy? (NAL, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)