Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

Matrimony is the story of Julian Wainright and Mia Mendelsohn’s relationship from when they meet in college up through roughly 20 years later. We are able to follow Julian and Mia, through the heartbreaking loss of her mother to breast cancer, as he struggles to write his first novel, as they move from college town to college town while continuing their education, through betrayal, and eventually the ups and downs of life. Although the story is called Matrimony - there are so many other elements that come to play ... friendship, aging, wealth, loss and forgiveness.

Mr. Henkin is straight-forward in his writing and although there is no definitive plot, the characters are very well-developed and relatable.

This is a story about relationships - between friends, between husbands and wives, between parents and children, between siblings - and how imperfect they can be. It is a coming-of-age story that I found it to be like real-life. Life doesn't always contain a lot of drama and good things will happen and bad things will happen, yet through it all, it moves forward.

I'd like to once again thank Michele at A Reader's Respite for hosting the giveaway that allowed me to win this autographed copy.


Anonymous said...

There is no definite plot? Then is it like a coming of age story for the older crowd?

Unknown said...

I enjoyed this character-driven novel as well.

And I think that J. Kaye summed it up pretty well -- it is a sort of coming of age story.

Beth F said...

NIce review! And I like character-driven novels. And the cover matches your new template!!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't think of Matrimony as not having a plot - it wasn't one of those "nothing happens" books where it's total character development but that's it. I do like the idea of it as a coming of age story.

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