Tracey and Jack are moving forward ... right into the suburbs. Markham's latest picks up right where last year's Slightly Married left off, with Tracey feeling the crunch of city life and
longing for a white picket fence. Markham's witty inner monologue
and talent for writing interesting life details and a fresh character voice improve with each book. Readers
from all walks of life will relate to
the imposition of too-close best friends; the mixture of unmanageable family
in close proximity and sorely missed long-distance family and the pressures and disappointments of work.
Once everything is set into motion, a $50 pie, a very long car trip with her mother-in-law and a garden that may never see a harvest make Tracey long for the life they left behind and fearful that she's made the biggest mistake of her life. (Red Dress Ink, Jul., 340 pp., $13.95)