Saturday, November 5, 2011

Recalculating by Jennifer Weiner 

Publisher: Atria Books 
Pages: 35 
Format: nookbook 
Buy the Book: Amazon




Amazon:  On the surface, Maureen’s life appears no different from any other stereotypical 54-year-old housewife's: a suburban home in a small Pennsylvania town, two loving kids, grandchildren, and a husband to dote on at the end of the day with a home-cooked meal and a crisp martini. Fat bitch, dumb bunny, slut, tramp: these are just a few of the cruel words that echo in Maureen’s ears every day and define the harsh reality she actually lives in. For years, Maureen has harbored a dark secret known by only one other person: her husband, Tommy.

After Tommy dies, Maureen imagines that the years of physical and mental abuse are over. But just six months later, while looking for the Halloween decorations in the attic, Maureen finds a gift-wrapped GPS with her name on the box: an early birthday present from her late husband. When the voice from the machine starts giving her sinister directions, she learns that sometimes the dead are restless... and she's locked in a battle not just for her life, but for her soul.




Kritters Thoughts:  A great short story that has some mystery that is perfect for the season.  With a little Halloween spin, this short story packs a punch full of creepy.  


After seeing an announcement on twitter of a new Jennifer Weiner book, I mad a dash to look for it and even after hearing it was a short story - I immediately purchased the nookbook and read it right then and there.  


A story about a woman who has withstood abuse in the most unusual way from her husband for years and years, she finds the strength to overcome the abusive hold he has on her in more ways than one.  I was sucked in at page one and at the end, I was hoping for more which is exactly how a short story should be.  With a moving story, you weren't disappointed by the length, but I wanted more and more.


For just under a buck, it is worth a trip to Amazon to read the latest by Jennifer Weiner    


Rating:  absolutely loved it and want a sequel


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