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WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
by Carole Matthews

Genre: Mainstream, Chick lit

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What a great premise: After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, a
non-athletic London girl decides to
hike the Himalayas.

Magazine editor Lyssa is obsessed
with having a baby. Sluggish-spermed boyfriend Jake holds her hand through
several unsuccessful IVF attempts. Finally, Jake has had enough and
calls it quits. Turns out he's been
cheating on Lyssa all along, and
when she discovers this, she heads
for the hills—literally.

Unfortunately, the sections of
the novel set in Nepal turn out to
be less interesting than what's going on
back in London with Jake. Maybe that's because Lyssa's journey never becomes
an inner quest or even a test of outer strength, except in the most perfunctory ways. Until the unexpected and deeply moving conclusion, the exotic setting seems more window dressing than vehicle for character change. (Aug., 432
pp., $17.95)

Reviewed By: Cindy Harrison

Publisher: Red Dress Ink

Published: August 2005

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