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Attachment

Es that she has misdiagnosed some acute pathologies in her own life The long idyll of their mutual ease is over and a new uest has just begun Looking for answers Jean goes undercover with a surreptitious correspondence th. I have this tendency sometimes conscious and sometimes not to gravitate towards books that deal with themes ideasproblemsthat I m dealing with in my own life In the fall when my sister in law was undergoing treatment for alcoholism I read book after book that touched on addiction issues In January apparently the month in which the most marriage breakdowns take place I found out that two of my close friends were dealing with infidelity in their marriages All of a sudden it seemed like every book I picked up was about marital affairs and mid life crisisThis novel begins with a wife s discovery that her husband is conducting an overtly sexual as opposed to emotional at least as far as we know affair with a younger woman Puzzlingly the middle aged husband Mark and wife Jean in the story have decamped from their home in London to a remote island called Saint Jacues There seems to be no real reason for this move other than again middle aged restlessness Out of the desire to not be stuck presumably this couple has become unstuck geographically and emotionally So this is the strange thing about a third of the way through the novel all of the characters and action shift back to London and gradually Mark s infidelity and Jean s strange response to it becomes a kind of red herring plot wise Rather uickly all sorts of other issues are introduced a father s illness a daughter s romance a strange sexual interlude an old boyfriend a ghost from the past and the affair gets lost in the mix I don t think that I am the only reader who has been confused about where the story is going Jean becomes increasingly disoriented but unfortunately so does the readerI read an illuminating interview with Isabel Fonseca in which she says that ageing not adultery is the true subject of the novel If considered that way suddenly all of Jean s anxieties and the seemingly unconnected story lines make sense We get to this mid point in life and suddenly all of the relationships and sureties in life seem to undergo changes outside of our control Having said that though the novel meanders around way too much and when we Jean Mark and the reader end up back on the island of Saint Jacues it feels all too random and unresolvedThank you Goodreads reviewer for alerting me to the Negative Capablities interview

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At propels her on to alarming and illuminating adventures of her own Isabel Fonseca explores the impulses that color and disrupt our lives even as they reveal ever clearly the nature of love From the Trade Paperback editi. I just got off a two day binge read of Attachment by Isabel Fonseca after finding it by chance in a used bookstore in Paris I wish I had not read it so fast but it is one of those books that grabs your heart mind and keeps you absolutely enthralled Just when I thought OK I can see where this is going it would veer off into an absolutely unexpected new path that made my heart pump and kept me awake til 2am both nights The author s keen intelligence dry humor and stark honest description of the jarring incomprehension that lives between long married people were startlingly realistic Also appreciated is the sensual pleasure she seems to take in describing places tastes animals and things of all kinds from a rusty fat refrigerator on a bumpy island road to an embarrassingly frumpy tote bag hidden and found under a chic bookstore table from those heart stopping chance sightings of a green hummingbird to the sorrow that fills you when you see a tired overgrown unloved garden all these descriptions make the prose jump off the page and land suare in your psyche like a friendly but heavy cat that refuses to budge from your lapI loved this book and will probably read it again something I virtually never do because I suspect there is to the plot the insights of misapprehensions and confusion than I realized the first time around I came out of the reading feeling like it was about someone just like me though living an entirely foreign life to mine And I want to go back to try to figure how I got it all so terribly wrong and what I might do next to keep things together Spoiler alert the end is not conclusive

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After than twenty years of life in London Jean and Mark Hubbard decamp to a remote tropical island in the Indian Ocean But when Jean a health columnist discovers a salacious love letter addressed to her husband she realiz. On a long holiday weekend what do I decide to do Read a depressing book of uestionable merit I didn t hate it but I didn t really like it either It s painfully overwritten Often unbearably claustrophobic At times embarrassingly silly And yet I could find myself relating to the central character even if I didn t like her I admired some of the language when it managed to free itself from the unyielding blather of internal dialogue Which I suppose allowed me to share the experience of the central character who was battered by several Really Big Real Life issues after confessing that she essentially had avoided such things in the past And above all I appreciated that it was something of a story about a woman s midlife crisis Which I think is underestimated or at least overshadowed in all the expectations of men having them Everyone feels regret This examined one woman s list of regrets and attempts to avoid regrets in a singularly different sort of way And for that it deserves probably 25 stars


About the Author: Isabel Fonseca

Fonseca studied on Columbia and Oxford Writes for many newspapers and magazines The Independent Vogue The Nation The Wall Street Journal For four years she has been living with the Gypsies from Albany to Poland Currently lives in London with her husband Martin Amis and their two daughters



10 thoughts on “Attachment

  1. says:

    I think the main problem with this book is that the author relies heavily on summary rather than description or dialogue to tell the story None of the characters seem fleshed out as a result I had no opinion about whether the protagonist should stay with her husband Mark or try to reconnect with a previous suitor because I didn't get a clear sense of who either guy was I didn't even have a full picture of Jean the protagonist In the last u

  2. says:

    On a long holiday weekend what do I decide to do? Read a depressing book of uestionable merit I didn't hate it but I didn'

  3. says:

    I tore thru the first part of this book when Jean the American writer and Mark her British husband were a nice solid likable couple enjoying their new home on a tropical island telecommuting to her magazine job and his ad agency in London But then as everything gets complicated illicit affairs medical conditions family issues resulting from her parents' long ago divorce instead of getting interesting it got harder for

  4. says:

    After a slow frustrating beginning Hmm my husband may be cheating on me I should probably not be hasty and go to t

  5. says:

    I found parts of this book good I thought the beginning set up a good story At times however I found the writing particularly confusing I kept rereading sentences oftentimes moving on still unsure of what the author was tryi

  6. says:

    I have this tendency sometimes conscious and sometimes not to gravitate towards books that deal with themes ideasproblemsthat I'm deal

  7. says:

    Attachment connotes different things How a bout a flying bird carrying a blank document in its beak? Sort of like “a message in a bottle”? No? For that reason I almost didn’t pull the book off the shelf and take it hom

  8. says:

    I just got off a two day binge read of Attachment by Isabel Fonseca after finding it by chance in a used bookstore in Paris I wish I had not read it so fast but it is one of those books that grabs your heart mind and keeps you absolutely enthralled Just when I thought OK I can see where this is going it would veer off i

  9. says:

    Read the STOP SMILING interview with Attachment author Isabel FonsecaNEGATIVE CAPABILITIESIt’s 10 am in Primrose Hill London Author Isabel Fonseca sits in her kitchen “tanking up on coffee” An American by birth and a New Yorke

  10. says:

    Not recommendedThe 2 star average rating given for this book is a pretty accurate representation of the response of our book group wh

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