MANY SHADES OF GRAY
There's something to be said for letting
go of the past. Unfortunately, Janice and Tommy can't seem to do that. The three main characters' redundant behavior is the main roadblock to this story developing into a cohesive narrative.
Anger over past wrongs leaves Janice incapable of making a commitment to Simon when he proposes marriage. Even though she accepts, she refuses to move forward, and her 12-year relationship with Tommy continues to wreak havoc on their lives. Simon still pours his love and support into Janice, but after a while, you wonder why he bothers. (genesis/indigo, Oct., 441 pp., $6.99)