Honesty is the best policy…except maybe when it comes to marriage in this brilliant novel about the high price of perfection from bestselling author Camille Pagán.
Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.
Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.
What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?
An enjoyable and intimate look at relationships with well crafted and messy characters, that sound so human and relatable.
Kudos to Camille Pagán and her new novel, that shows her talent in developing such a beautiful strong novel.
I’m Fine and Nether Are You is a delightful story I wanted to read in one sitting. It follows Penelope dealing with her usual routine at first, until her best friend Jenny is found dead, and everything changes. All the things that initially might seem so perfect and unperfect, reveal themselves in a new and different light, enforcing to face the truth to find a real way of healing.
This book touched my heart in so many ways, Camille is fantastic in describing how these characters falling down, actually found their way to be truly happy.
Thanks to the author and the publisher for my free copy.
Publication date: April 1, 2019
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing