Us: A Novel
“I think our marriage has run its course,” Douglas’s wife, Connie, tells him in the middle of one night. The two have been together twenty-five years and have a son, Albie, who’s about to go off to college. But first, the three of them are going on a Grand Tour of Europe, and Douglas hopes he’ll be able to prove to Connie she shouldn’t leave.
Of course, under the best of circumstances, this kind of expectation tends to be a balloon waiting to be popped, and Douglas has plenty of opportunities during the family’s travels to remind his wife and son how easily he can disappoint them. Throughout the book’s brief chapters, readers see what’s transpiring during the trip and get flashbacks detailing the couple’s history. The two are very different—and their son takes after his mom in artistic temperament—but despite some challenges have been mostly content. The story takes turns being laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, and readers hope for the best for Douglas’s sake, even while wondering if maybe, just maybe, Connie might be right. Us is practically perfect: a sweet and spot-on examination of marriage that will speak to anyone who has been married a long time.
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