Getting Rid of Matthew
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: August 2007
Duration: 10 hours 22 minutes
For once, a novel that isnt about the heroine getting the guy. Its about getting rid of the guy, and in the process, finding herself.
Helen is nearly forty, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes its time to dump Matthew and get on with her life.
This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her. He appears on her doorstep and proceeds to move in. Helen then discovers how much she cant bear him. But she cant just throw him out -after all, shes been begging him to do exactly this for years. The only thing to do, she decides, is to convince his wife, Sophie, to take him back.
So after a chance meeting in the park, Helen befriends Sophie and hears all about her lying, cheating husband. But then, the unexpected happens -Helen really starts to like Sophie. And then theres the other small problem of Matthews handsome, charming son...
Jane Fallon turns the conventional love story on its head in this irresistibly delicious, ironic debut.
From the Compact Disc edition.