The Arrangement

The Arrangement

A Novel

Paperback - 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 hamlet. 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: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316440462
Branch Call Number: FIC DUN
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 24 cm

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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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