From the author of Bond Girl and Lost Along the Way, comes a fiercely funny, insightful story of marriage, family, and the crooked path to figuring out who we really are.
Claire thought she had everything a woman was supposed to want—a loving husband, a newborn son, a beautiful home in the suburbs. Then she walks in on her husband canoodling with their realtor in their newly renovated kitchen, and in an instant, her perfect life comes crashing down.
With her marriage heading for divorce, Claire knows it’s time to stop feeling sorry for herself. But how can she move on when she’s still stuck in the orbit of her husband’s world? For starters, she can get rid of her soon-to-be ex’s possessions—including his prized, gigantic foosball table—by dumping them onto the curb…until complaints from the neighbors get the police involved. Now Claire is busy dodging the mean mommies at story hour and hiding from her ex-husband’s girlfriend in the grocery store. But as Claire soon learns, suburbia still has a few surprises in store for her—surprises that will make her question her choices from the past, send her down an unexpected road to self-discovery, and maybe even lead to new love.
Desperate for a positive outlet to channel her frustrations, she turns to girlfriends Lissy and Antonia for help. Together they join forces to rebrand Lissy’s local stationery store and turn it into a thriving business. But as Claire soon learns, suburbia still has a few surprises in store for her—surprises that will make her question her choices from the past, send her down an unexpected road to self-discovery, and maybe even new love.
Featuring a second coming-of-age story, Regrets Only deftly explores the subtle nuances of marriage, family, friendship, and what it means to be a woman today, while delighting readers as its unforgettable heroine acts on impulses we’ve all been guilty of having.
One woman's divorce goes from bad to worse in this fine novel of suburban snobbery, modern motherhood, and timeless friendships from Duffy (Bond Girl). Two years into their marriage, eight months into parenthood, and seven months after leaving Chicago for Connecticut, Claire Stevens Mackenzie catches her husband, Owen, cheating on her with their realtor. With her parents hundreds of miles away and the realtor's friends seemingly on every corner, Claire becomes isolated in the house they shared after Owen convinces her to stay in Connecticut for the baby's sake. Amid a relentless crush of bad surprises and worse luck, Claire responds with much gumption but little forethought: cutting holes in Owen's clothes, pettily scattering beans throughout his belongings, posting his indiscretion to his own Facebook wall, and putting up salacious ads under his name on Craigslist. She is steadied by her friends Antonia, who moves from Chicago to help, and Lissy, a local. Together they take on two rebranding projects: Lissy's stalled-out stationery store and Claire's attitude. As the three work toward their goals, Claire begins to plot a new future. Featuring affirming relationships among the three women, Duffy's fun novel is an original take on the suburban divorce drama.