Often times in a marriage a couple can get lost in the shuffle of everyday living. It’s not that difficult to imagine two parents, raising three children, working full time trying to juggle their careers and their family. There is no time for romance. There is no time to breathe. Your attraction to your mate is now missing in action. It’s the same for your spouse as well. You fall into a common routine, wake up, get the kids ready, go to work, come home, deal with family chaos, crash from exhaustion. Then the inevitable occurs in a moment in time when the world tilts on its axis. A car crash, easily avoided, now becomes the solitary thing that will define a marriage already on shaky ground. One spouse is to blame as the other becomes the victim. Can a marriage survive under these conditions?
Meyers weaves her story so intensely that you might forget you are reading a fictional tale. You will breathe, eat and think of these people as your own family members. That, to me, is spectacular writing. I hope you get a chance to read it this year.