Title: And One Last Thing ...
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster
Publish Date: July, 2010
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
From the publisher's website:
"If Singletree's only florist didn't deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger."
Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike's defamation lawsuit.
Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family's lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.
Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?
My take: Wonderfully funny book! Lacey does the thing that many of us wish we could have done when we're in the middle of a stunning betrayal and she does it with aplomb. I found myself laughing in so many places from the very beginning through the end.
Lacey is just a normal housewife. She put her own life and ambitions on hold to be what her husband wanted her to be. He didn't want her to work, because it would reflect badly on him that his wife worked, so she turned down the job that was waiting for her at graduation. She has little contact with real friends of her very own, as they weren't to Mike's liking, so she only socializes at business gatherings with clients or business associates. She has a wonderfully gay brother who somehow shocks the sensibilities of Mike and his strait-laced parents, so at her OWN surprise birthday party, not only does she not see any of HER friends, she doesn't even see her own brother, who wasn't invited.
Like a "good" wife, however, she has strived to keep her marriage afloat and accept a lesser role as a support to her husband. When she receives a bouquet of flowers that were not meant for her from her husband, she drives to his business and sees a PDA between Mike and his secretary/receptionist right through the plate glass window while parked on the street.
Since she is in charge of writing and distributing the company newsletter, she decides to take the modern approach to it. Instead of addressing and mailing hard copies (which Mike insists on), she decides to email blast the newsletter to the entire list, letting all of them know in no uncertain terms that she will no longer be writing to them and letting them know why. She forgets that the list includes members of Mike's family as well as her own, and soon, she is receiving calls, emails, and visits from all over the country. Her newsletter goes viral, and she escapes to her parent's lakeside cabin for peace and quiet.
She hires a wonderful divorce attorney named Sam who doesn't let her feel sorry for herself, and feels that she may also have found a great friend.
Her relationship with her neighbor gets off to a VERY rocky start, but eventually they at least start speaking to each other.
This book is well-paced, funny, believable, and most of all, just plain enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a great read with unexpected chuckles. Even the bit of romance is chuckle-worthy.
Maybe I would lie here long enough to die and Mike would have to explain the soggy, woebegone corpse in his master suite.
This didn't necessarily mean I enjoyed spending time with my mother-in-law. If passive aggression were an Olympic sport, Wynnie would have own own Wheaties box. She couldn't seem to get through a conversation without lovingly correcting me, whether it was the way I fried chicken or showing the proper reverence for the roof "her boy" put over my head.
Lacey's thoughts on a book that she is writing:
The more rational part of my brain realized that as long as I wanted Laurie to punish Greg or his mistress, she wasn't going to be a bigger, better person. She was going to be the same person she was at the beginning of the book. And she'd be stuck in an evil house that ate people.
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Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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