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A False Sense of Well Beingby Jeanne Braselton
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I was married eleven years before I started imagining how different life could be if my husband were dead. . . .
At thirty-eight, Jessie Maddox subscribes to House Beautiful, Southern Living, even Psychology Today. She has a comfortable life in Glenville, Georgia, with Turner, the mostreliable, responsible husband in the world. But after the storybook romance, happily ever after never came. Now the housewife who once wanted to be Martha Stewart before there was aMartha Stewart is left to wonder: Where did the marriage go wrong? Why can't she stop picturing herself as the perfect grieving widow?
As Jessie dives headlong into her midlife crisis, she isaided and abetted by a colorful cast of characters in the true Southern tradition: her best friend and next door neighbor Donna, who is having a wild adulterous affair with a younger man; Wanda McNab, the sweater-knitting, cookie-baking grandmother who is charged with killing her abusive husband. Then there's Jessie's eccentric family. Her younger sister Ellen, born to be a guest on JerrySpringer, has taken her seven-year-old son and squawking pet birds and left her husband for good this time . . . while their mother crosses the dirty words out of library books andalerts everyone to the wonderful bargains at Winn-Dixie, often at the same time. And then there's the stuffed green headless duck . . .
When a trip home to the small town of her childhoodraises more questions than it answers, Jessie is forced to face the startling truth head-on-and confront the tragedy that has shadowed her heart and shaken her faith in love . . . and thefuture.
From a brilliant new voice in fiction, here is a darkly comic novel full of revelation and insight. The danger of secrets and the power of confession . . . The pull of family, no matter howcrazy. . . The fate of wedlock when one can't find the key . . . Jeanne Braselton weaves these potent themes into a funny, poignant, utterly engaging story of a woman at the crossroads-and theunforgettable journey she must take to get back home.
From the Hardcover edition.
After eleven years of marriage, thirty-eight-year-old Jessie Maddox finds herself in the middle of a midlife crisis as she begins to experience a number of dark fantasies about her husband's untimely end.
Jeanne Braselton was born and raised in Georgia. She is the adopted daughter of a poet who was designated chief of the Cherokee Nation. While working as a journalist for the Rome News Tribune, she won numerous Georgia Press Association awards. A False Sense of Well-Being is her first novel.
From the Hardcover edition.
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