Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Split Level” by Sande Boritz Berger, She Writes Press, May 2019
Sande Boritz Berger , Author of “Split-Level” has written a unique, thought-provoking and entertaining novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the 1970s after Nixon was President. The story takes place mostly in an affluent community in New Jersey. The author describes her dysfunctional cast of characters as complex and complicated.
This is a Novel that questions what marriage should be. Alex Pearl will soon be thirty, has two young children, is very artistic, and seems to have it all. She has a family, a beautiful house, yet there are certain questions that are bothering her. Somehow, she has doubts about her husband Donny. After a certain incident, Alex insists that she and Donny go to a Marriage Encounter of sorts. It appears that Donny is obsessed with the idea of more of an open marriage. Alex is conflicted what she wants.
I appreciate that the author discusses the concept of marriage, communication, honesty. family, friends, love, and hope. The author also mentions the use of alcohol and drugs, which seems to play a part in decision-making. When is it time to grow up and take responsibility? What happens if you try to change tradition? I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a though-provoking novel.