Published by Ecco on June 16 2015
Genres: family drama
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In the midst of a Iowa heat wave Claire and Don start to implode. The are on the brink of their 40s and starting to question everything they have.
I was expecting a slightly morose story about a marriage falling apart during a steamy Iowa summer, instead this is a thought-provoking book about human nature with a fair amount of suburban angst.
Claire and Don not only feel trapped by their marriage, house, and family; they feel trapped by the limitless possibilities if they leave.
In the sweltering heat of one summer in a small Midwestern town, Claire and Don Lowry discover that married life isn’t quite as they’d predicted.
One night Don, a father of three, leaves his house for an evening stroll, only to wake up the next morning stoned, and sleeping in a hammock next to a young woman he barely knows. His wife, Claire, leaves the house on this same night to go on a midnight run—only to find herself bumming cigarettes and beer outside the all-night convenience store.
As the summer lingers and the temperature rises, this quotidian town’s adults grow wilder and more reckless while their children grow increasingly confused. Claire, Don, and their neighbors and friends find themselves on an existential odyssey, exploring the most puzzling quandaries of marriage and maturity. When does a fantasy become infidelity? When does compromise become resentment? When does routine become boring monotony? Can Claire and Don survive everything that befalls them in this one summer, forgive their mistakes, and begin again?