My Review of “The Intermission” by Elyssa Friedland Berkley Publishing July 3, 2018
Elyssa Friedland , Author of “The Intermission” has written a unique, honest, emotional, and intriguing novel about marriage. Is it any wonder that deep secrets can cause trouble in relationships, and become something much bigger than they originally were? I appreciate that Elyssa Friedland has explored secrets, problems of communication, and questions of marriage. The Genres for this story are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events in the story. The story is told in alternating points of view from the two main characters.
The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. After being married six years, Cass and Jonathan Coyne are about to start having a family. Both characters come very different backgrounds, and dysfunctional families. Jonathan seems relatively happy with Cass and his dog, and is in shock when Cass tells Jonathan that she needs time out or an”intermission” from their marriage. Cass questions if they really know each other. Both have deep secrets that they have not told one another.
The couple take this “intermission” with little contact, except for the custodial arrangements of their dog. During this sixth month period, both characters taste their freedom, and try to adapt.
I love that the author discusses the importance of communication, honest and loyalty. Is anything perfect.? Shouldn’t one face the problems of their past so they can move forward? I highly recommend this thought-provoking novel to those readers of Fiction and Women’s Fiction. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.