Image of Snapped


Image of Snapped

Profane, painfully honest and savagely funny, Klaffke's debut novel is a coming-of-middle-age story sure to evoke terror in the under-40 set and reminiscent smiles in those who have already crossed over.

Sara B has made a name for herself taking photos of the stylish and tragically unhip -- which are published as Dos and Don'ts in Snap, the trendy magazine she founded with her friend Ted 15 years ago. Now she's coasting, enjoying an affair with her slightly younger lover, Jack, and disinclined to take anything too seriously -- except for her upcoming 40th birthday.

Hiring Eva, a young woman she meets by chance, as her assistant seems like a good idea at the time, but it's the beginning of the end of life as Sara knows it. Everything and everyone -- Jack, her friends, her job -- all seem to be changing at the speed of light, and not only can Sara not keep up, she isn't even sure she wants to! (MIRA, Jan., 256 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer