As Husbands Go

As Husbands Go

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A rare mix of wit, social satire, and suspense, along with characters who leap from the page to speak directly to the reader -- a moving story about a love that just won't give up. As Husbands Go is the latest from critically acclaimed, bestselling author, Susan Isaacs. Call her superficial, but Susie B. Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was great -- and why not? Jonah Gersten, M.D., a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, clearly adored her. He was handsome, successful, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets Dashiell, Evan, and Mason. But when Jonah is found in the Upper East Side apartment of second-rate "escort" Dorinda Dillon, Susie is overwhelmed with questions left unanswered. It's bad enough to know your husband's been murdered, but even worse when you're universally pitied (and quietly mocked) because of the sleaze factor. None of it makes sense to Susie -- not a sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, not the "better not to discuss it" response from Jonah's partners. With help from her tough talking, high-style Grandma Ethel who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband's partners, the NYPD, and the DA (is the person arrested for the homicide the actual perp, or just an easy mark for a prosecutor who hates the word "unsolved"?), as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie. Susan Isaacs brilliantly turns the conventions of the mystery on end as Susie Gersten, suburban mom, floral designer, and fashion plate, searches not so much for answers to her husband's death as for answers to her own life.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2010.
ISBN: 9781416573012
Branch Call Number: FICTION ISA

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Pisinga
Apr 14, 2016

The book is written very well. Nice to read. The plot - not so interesting. Some perplexity over the descriptions of clothing and looks of characters I made such conclusions: - If you are not dressed in couture clothing and don't wear a Manolo shoes, and your car is not a convertible Jaguar - you are no one. Everyone from the circle of the protagonist are plastic surgeons, lawyers, doctors, etc., including herself, will never to wear something that is not a high brands clothes, and if someone (and the majority are) do not dress per Vogue magazine standards so as a person he/she is not worthy of attention. There some specific sarcasm from author, "social satire", as it written in the summary on back cover of the book. And it is this satire makes possible to perceive a crime with a certain ease, if I may say so. But the question remains open - For what is this parade of arrogant characters? The attempt to present Ethel, grandmother, as an interesting person, no matter of her past, is failed: an impression of her as an antipathetic character still remains.

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johncruse
Aug 11, 2015

Four hundred fifty pages of hysteria. How great is that?

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SusannahElf
Aug 23, 2012

I did not enjoy spending time listening to this shallow and materialistic narrator whine about her life. She has the most unobstrusive triplets in the history of single motherhood (the two au pairs and housekeeper probably help) yet is constantly complaining about her busy busy life while being sure to mention the price and provenance of every expensive item in her possession and sneering at the lesser quality items of other people. The wrong spouse got killed! Isaacs has done better in the past - I hope she will again.

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vitareader
Jun 21, 2011

The plot always seemed to be on the verge of becoming suspenseful, then it would relapse into Susie's problems. It took way too long to get around to the corpse. I found the book predictable and the character of Susie was just not one I could sympathize with. I thought from the book jacket description there would be more hands on detecting and danger. I was disappointed.
The unfinished bitterness and strain between Susie's mom and grandmom is not resolved and it suggests a sequel. I won't be reading it.

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