Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Window Opens

Egan, E. (2015). A Window Opens. NY: Simon & Schuster.
This book is set to be released for publication August 25, 2015.

Adult / Realistic Fiction / Contemporary

I gave this book 4 of 5 Stars.

A Window Opens reads like a peek into your neighbor's or friend-of-a-friend's life. Alice is familiar. She's a does-it-all kind of woman, who is perfectly balancing her marriage, kids, volunteering, friendships, fitness, a part-time job, parents, and in-laws, too. And then the shake-ups come, and Alice has to find full time work -- and still balance all of the above. Add into the mix a high maintenance boss, a husband who is acting oddly, a friendship on the rocks, and an ailing parent, and Alice is at the end of her rope.

While there's nothing particularly surprising in what happens to Alice in this year of her life, author Elisabeth Egan writes a potent story that will have readers experiencing all of it -- heartbreak and humor, sorrow and joy, failure and success -- and rooting for Alice to make it through.

With the author's real-life experience as a magazine book editor, I really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look into the publishing world, and of course -- all the bookish references. Also, the premise of the corporate giant moving into the book selling world is at the same time laughable and horrifyingly possible.

Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give.  


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