The Arrangement

The Arrangement

Book - 2017
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Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's "hot lunch," dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood." When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though-the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible-that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?"
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Little, Brown, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316013598
Branch Call Number: FIC Dunn, S 2017
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 10, 2018

Read half and then could not finish. Couldn't keep up interest in characters.

Dec 25, 2017

Open marriage can lead to interesting circumstances as the reader learns in this novel. The story is not unusually compelling but the relationships are, nevertheless.

Sep 05, 2017

The story of what happens when a couple decides to open up their marriage. As the previous commenter mentioned, this is not high brow literature. But I agree that is a fun and light read - though I did feel lingering anxiety throughout most of the book, waiting for disaster to strike.

Aug 11, 2017

This is NOT high-brow literature. It Is, however, a very well-crafted tale of modern marriage and community. I dare you to hate any of these characters... Ms. Dunn has a way of showing the likable/vulnerable side to each of the story's characters. Exceeded my expectations!

Cynthia_N May 20, 2017

The couple in this book have been married awhile and have a child with autism. There is not a lot of spark left in their marriage and based on a conversation at a party they decide to try an open marriage for six months. I don't want to give any spoilers but the situations that arise because of "The Arrangement" certainly give a peek into this marriage. The Blessing of the Animals was hilarious and horrifying at the same time! Interesting and fun read!


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