Julia Flanagan has always been considered a good girl -- one who never returns her library books late or mixes the glass with the plastic in the recycling bin. But when this married mother decides her friends are right and that her life is boring, she takes some risks. One risk leads her straight into the sexy arms of a flirtatious medieval studies professor.

Julia's biggest problem, of course, is that she's still married and has to think about the interests of her three young children. And, though she's an assistant director at an institute devoted to the study of human sexuality, she finds she has plenty left to discover about her own sexual and emotional desires at age 41.

In this tale of love and choice, the heroine's future depends on the path she elects to follow: to stay in what she fears is a declining relationship with her husband or to explore the forbidden passion she shares with the professor. Katz's novel skillfully chronicles this journey into the heart of a woman's marriage, and it does so with an intelligent, original and utterly compelling narrative. The heroine is so human and well characterized that readers will want to track her story long after the novel has ended. (May, 288 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel