MIKE, MIKE AND ME
A clever plot twist makes this uniquely structured novel a fast, fun read. In 1989, Beau dated a guy named Mike. Then she met another Mike and got married to one of them. The reader doesn't find out which Mike until the end of the book.
Years later, when Beau gets a call from the Mike she didn't marry, she starts to wonder if she chose the right man. The story switches back and forth from the present, where Beau has become a suburban housewife with three kids, to the past, where she was a single city girl with her future ahead of her.
The "which Mike did she marry?" twist is handled skillfully, giving the story more depth than just a turn-the-page guessing game. And the flashbacks, full of sly pop culture references, are hilarious. Markham's descriptive powers are such that readers will be instantly catapulted back in time, into their own versions of Very Big Hair and spandex bike shorts. (Jan., 304 pp., $12.95)