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Trouble AUTHOR Kate ChristensEir essential selves Sex has gotten these two bright complicated women into interesting trouble and the story of their struggles to get out of that trouble is totally gripping at every turnA tragicomedy of marriage and friendship Trouble is a funny piercing and moving examination of the battle between the need for connection and the uest for freedom that every modern woman must fig. I will read anything Kate Christensen puts out because she is an awesome talent capable of creating vivid engaging characters and turning a phrase of such breathtaking beauty in their simplicity it is truly astoundingThat alone warrants each and every one of her novels 5 stars in my book However in my opinion as of late her writing has suffered from a lack of story The Great Man and now Trouble both read as outlines for a larger richer involved story After the brilliance of Jeremy Thrane and Epicure's Lament Trouble lacks in the story department When I saw Christensen at a reading in support of Trouble she said she wrote it in 3 months I believe it The problem is it reads like a rough draft Like a skeleton of a novel that not only needs further fleshing out but also could benefit from some serious editing as well No doubt this could be the fault of her publishers who may have been eager for Christensen to capitalize on her recent PENFaulker award by getting something out as soon as possbible The story pretty much goes like this Josie decides to divorce her husband and stops speaking to one of her friends over her decision She hightails it to Mexico City to meet up with her best friend legendary rock star Rauel who is hiding out after a huge scandal The two of them wander the city eat drink talk and flirt with men Josie infuriatingly does not recognize that Rauel has relapsed into alcohol and herion use and as a friend and therapist is not so observant They continue their merriment in Mexico and then the novel comes to a fairly lackluster and sudden conclusionWhat is really lacking with Trouble that made Christensen's earlier work so engaging is a dearth of character development Josie is an unreliable protagonist who makes completely unbelievable choices given the fact that she is a therapist Rauel is a two dimensional character with very little exposition to make one feel for her or her travails And the other engaging characters are peripheral characters who skim the sidelines like the third friend Indrani; husband Anthony; or artist David whose character arc becomes a complete what the f cop out on Christensen's partIf nothing else read Trouble for Christensen's impeccable writing and wonderful use of words but don't expect much else Or better yet try out In The Drink or Jeremy Thrane instead

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Stranger she meets at a bar immediately follows At the same time her college friend Rauel a Los Angeles rock star is being pilloried in the press for sleeping with a much younger man who happens to have a pregnant girlfriend This proves to be red meat to the gossip hounds of the Internet The two friends escape to Mexico City for a Christmas holiday of retreat and rediscovery of th. I picked this book up randomly It is an ok book I liked her writing style enough that I put an earlier award winning book of hers on hold at the library The Great Man Trouble is the story of Josie Josie is a psychotherapist in New York She realizes after flirting with a man at a party that she needs to leave her marriage The marriage is stale She finds her adopted young teenage daughter distant from her Very much a part of the story are Josie's two best friends since college years The dust jacket says moving examination of the battle between the need for connection and the uest for freedom that every modern woman must fight I am not sure if I would put the books emotional content uite to this level but it was a book with a statement about marriage motherhood and friendship There was an ending to the book that I did not expect Though it dragged in the middle I did feel satisfied at the end that the author had a story to tell I am very curious to read another book by Kate Christensen and see how I like it

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Read & Download Trouble AUTHOR Kate Christensen 104 æ A vibrant story of female friendship and midlife sexual awakening from the acclaimed author of The Great ManJosie is a Manhattan psychotherapist living a comfortable life with her husband and daughter—until while suddenly flirting with a man at a party she is struck with the suddA vibrant story of female friendship and midlife sexual awakening from the acclaimed author of The Great ManJosie is a Manhattan psychotherapist living a comfortable life with her husband and daughter—until while suddenly flirting with a man at a party she is struck with the sudden realization that she must leave her passionless marriage A thrillingly sordid encounter with a. The witty and adroit writer of The Epicure's Lament has seemingly forgotten everything she knows about writing This tale of a Manhattan therapist's midlife crisis that takes her to Mexico City to keep a crisis ridden friend who just happens to be a rock star company is at once clunky cliched and when it comes to rendering Mexico and its citizens completely patronizing Even worse I was just plain bored I had to keep myself from throwing my copy across the room I don't know why I'm so polite