Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Fine Art of Insincerity

Author: Angela Hunt
Publisher: Howard Books
May 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4391-8203-1
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Three sisters need to travel to St. Simon’s Island to empty out their late grandma’s house. Ginger is struggling with a husband who is more interested in his job than his wife. Rosemary is plotting suicide, and Pennyroyal is unhappy in her marriage and enjoys the casualness of dating much more than the intimacy of marriage.

When the sisters get together they have a lot of issues to clean up. Marital frustrations collide with poignant memories. Their late grandmother had wed seven times, and the sisters already have nine marriages among them. Are they destined to follow their oft-wed ancestor’s legacy to serial-wed?

THE FINE ART OF INSINCERITY is a book about three southern women who are struggling to find themselves in the ho-hum-ness of marriage. Especially some of the difficult issues they face within the marriages. The book is written in first person, which each character having her own section, and her own print font.

The story is slow moving with each woman working through issues, making decisions, and dealing with memories at the same time. I hoped that they’d emerge stronger, able to better cope with life and love, and even find faith. Discussion questions and an interview with the author is included at the end. $14.99. 310 pages.

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