The Arrangement

By Sarah Dunn

The Arrangement: A Novel by [Dunn, Sarah]

4 out of 5 stars

The town of Beekman, outside of New York, is a lovely, idyllic place. It’s perfect to raise your family. Lucy and Owen are raising their son Wyatt there. Wyatt is on the autism spectrum and it is all consuming for them both. When friends come over one night and talk about having an “open” marriage, at first, they joke about it. They start a list of rules. They decide why not? For six months, they can sleep with whomever they choose. They cannot discuss it and must follow their rules. At the end of six months, they will resume their family life, hopefully the better for it. Riiiigghhttt….

Owen starts up with Izzy, a woman in town who runs a local store. Izzy is crazy as a loon. (Who really ends up the voice of reason, go figure.) What starts off as sex, becomes having Owen do all the things her husband might do around the house. She is off the rails and I had to wonder why he was sticking around with her. Lucy begins an affair with Ben, a friend of a friend. Good old Sunny Bang. (Gotta love that name) Sunny knows what’s going on with Lucy and Owen and figures she can help out. Lucy feels invigorated. Lucy starts to fall in love. Isn’t that what they say about men and women? It is about the sex for the men but it’s about the intimacy for the women. Lucy feels noticed. She feels like a person again, not just a wife and mother.

Marriage is a work in progress and in this town, Lucy and Owen are not alone. A billionaire and his trophy wife have hit the skids. (I don’t think they were ever on the same page) A man dreams of the women before his wife. The kids’ teacher is transitioning into becoming a woman. And in between all of this, they are raising their kids in the best way they know how.

Well, well, well, what a tangled web we weave. You know you are into a good book when you are actually talking out loud to it. (Or you are just crazy?) I was saying “Why are you still with her?” and “Don’t fall in love with him!” You knew from the start that this could not be a good idea and I read it with a sense of dread. But, I think it played itself out perfectly. Even as they were doing what they were doing, I was rooting for Lucy and Owen. The story is filled with lots of truths about marriage and plenty of humor. (The scene in the church for the blessing of the animals is worth the price of admission.) A great read throughout. You will never be disappointed with a book by Sarah Dunn.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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