TROUBLE by Kate Christensen
This is the story of Josie, a Manhattan psychotherapist who realizes after a glimpse in a mirror at a friend's Christmas party that her marriage is over.With this realization comes the inevitable struggles of a life altering decision. She must tell her husband and daughter, find a new apartment, explain it all to a best friend who's greatest wish in life is to have what she has. And then, her other best friend gets into trouble of her own, causing Josie to jump on a plane and meet her in Mexico City, for five crazy days that will change her forever.
I don't think I can say enough good things about this book. The writing is splendid, pulling you in immediately and holding your attention the whole way through. Josie is lovable, mature and easy to root for, through her escape from a marriage that never really fit, her strained relationship with an adopted daughter and her empathy for a friend in trouble. The setting is exotic and real, the tastes and smells echoing in your senses as you read. It's surprising and lovely, a true gem.
I loved the compressed time frame, the characters, the setting, everything. It was a fantastic read, just what I was looking for after a series of mediocre books that failed to grab me the way this one did. Pick it up. Read it. It's wonderful.