A few days ago, I was in desperate need of something to read. I’d ordered some Vargas Llosa books but they hadn’t arrived yet. I needed something to keep my occupied until I could get my dose of Nobel laureate candy. Then I heard that Jane Fallon had a new book out in paperback called Foursome.
Now don’t get excited and think that I’m writing about a book of erotica. Foursome is anything but that. It’s the story of two couples. Rebecca and Dan and their best friends, Isabel and Alex. They’ve been friends since college and do just about everything together. Then Alex does the unthinkable (at least for Rebecca): he leaves his wife, Izzie, because he thinks he’s in love with Rebecca. When Rebecca rejects his advances, Alex sets off on a path of pettiness that knows no bounds.
One of the first things I liked about this book was the main narrator, Rebecca. She is resentful, she is grumpy (and occasionally–my fave–snarky). She is not a size 0 perfectionist. She freely admits she is overweight, likes to drink a little too much wine from time to time and can be judgmental. She is also fiercely loyal to her friends and loves her husband, even though he drives her crazy when they are together too much. Sound familiar? Rebecca could be any of us. She’s funny, smart but she’s not perfect and it’s that lack of perfection that makes her likeable. There are moments when she is just too grumpy or too petty, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to follow her story. If anything, it made me want to know more.
The plot of the novel is nothing new. If you read chick lit or women’s fiction, you will recognize this storyline. However, that being said, its familiarity won’t detract from the pleasure you’ll get while reading this story. You want to know what Alex will do next, you’ll want to know how Dan will react to Rebecca’s secret even though you already have a fairly good idea of how it will be. I usually hate it when I can predict what will happen in a book. In Foursome, it didn’t bother me and, in fact, I like how Jane Fallon took predictable situations and added new twists to them.
So should you read Foursome? If you’re like me and you like chick lit (especially when it isn’t simply about designer names and the posh lot), then you should most definitely read it. This is Jane Fallon’s third novel (her first two being Getting Rid of Matthew and Got You Back). I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next time…