You Are the Love of My Life

You Are the Love of My Life

A Novel

Book - 2012
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It is 1973 and Watergate is on everyone's lips. Lucy Painter is a children's book illustrator and a single mother of two. She leaves New York and the married father of her children to live in a tightly knit Washington neighborhood in the house where she grew up and where she discovered her father's suicide. Lucy hopes for a fresh start, but her life is full of secrets: her children know nothing of her father's death or the identity of their own father. As the new neighbors enter their insular lives, her family's safety and stability become threatened.From a writer whose "unique presentation of human experience makes reading a delight" (Elizabeth Strout), You Are the Love of My Life is a story of how shame leads to secrets, secrets to lies, and how lies stand in the way of human connection.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
ISBN: 9780393082807
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHR
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 24 cm.

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Sep 04, 2012

Fairly lightweight story about lies and secrets. Lucy, a mother of two by her married lover moves back to DC where she grew up. She's hiding from a scandal but not hiding very well. Supposedly she wants to keep secret a tragedy from her childhood yet she's living in the house in which it happened and it was widely reported in the press at the time. She's also made the mistake of not telling her 11-year-old daughter the facts and Maggie is old enough now to be finding out on her own; a recipe for disaster. Indeed Maggie is so angry at her mother she runs away. Each of the members of the close-knit neighborhood has secrets including the unbalanced woman across the street to whom Maggie has formed an attachment. Secrets about which, people would be more open nowadays. The book takes place in 1973, and since they are in DC, Watergate hearings are going on which is kind of interesting. I would not have known about this book nor picked it up had it not been hyped in people magazine. Had I not, I would not have missed much.

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