A charming and bittersweet first novel, set in the 1980's, about falling in love and marrying your best friend, then divorcing because you both have gently drifted apart, only to discover too late that you made a mistake that can’t be fixed because the love of your life now has a fatal brain tumor. Yellin will win you over with her keen eye, warm wit and heartbreaking story.
It is 1972, and Jewish antiwar college student Franny Baskin is wondering why she's accepted a blind date with Michael Wedlan, a 26-year-old Baptist Vietnam veteran. When he turns out to be intelligent, charming, exceedingly handsome and smitten with her, romance blossoms. They marry, but their union begins to fray around the edges when Michael loses interest in his career and confronts a succession of jobs, additional schooling and periods of depression. A litany of the ills of modern marriage ensues: anger, indifference, lack of communication. Finally, Franny and Michael each have an affair, and their shell of a marriage cracks apart. But when Michael develops cancer, apparently as a result of his exposure to