Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

November 3, 2008 0 By admin

I won [YAY!] a SIGNED copy of Matrimony by Joshua Henkin at Alea‘s Pop Culture Junkie. Joshua Henkin sent it to me with a message on it. And I was VERY EXCITED that I got my FIRST prize!

Everyone has written so many reviews about this book, and I am sure MY review won’t count much πŸ™‚ But — You can’t stop me from writing one can you!?

An excerpt from the description –

It is 1987, and Julian Wainwright, aspiring writer and Waspy son of New York City old money, meets beautiful, Jewish Mia Mendelsohn in the laundry room at Graymont College. So begins a love affair that, spurred on by family tragedy, will take Julian and Mia across the country and back, through several college towns, spanning twenty years.

Matrimony is a very quiet book; I had feared that I would not like this book because I thought I essentially knew the ending. But I was proved wrong. Trust me the ending is not the deal here, the whole plot, the characters everything is. And I would love to tell you that I was so shocked at what happened towards the middle of the story. But they moved on Julian and Mia and so did their problems.

The characters were outlined with graceful beauty. The turn on events had no effect on the characters, they were essentially sublime all throughout the novel. They reacted with the same intensity as expected but that infuriated me sometimes; I wanted more emotion, more anger maybe more [:-)].

When Mia wanted to ask her mother – ‘Who will take care of me’ – I had tears in my eyes.

I laughed out loud at Cooper – the little adorable nuisance and I can swear my beau wore goggles while cutting onions too [if you have read the book, you know what I am referring too].

I loved the fact that no one was perfect in this novel, and there was not one scene I would say had come out of the sky. I am not from the culture showcased in the book, but I identified with it so much.

I also loved the fact that, even being a rich-kid, Julian didn’t have the best of lives. He had his ups and downs. And he took his own time to get it right, and when he did, he didn’t change with it.

I think my review is a lot personal :o) But I read every book like that. So, if you guys want a light read, and a fast read and also something that’s real as well as enjoyable – go for this one.

Thanks Alea – for the giveaway

Thanks Joshua for sending me the book. I loved it πŸ™‚

PS – I would want to hate Carter – but then I like him now πŸ˜€ — that’s NOT a spoiler ok?

PPS – I love the cover of the book.