Sometimes a book really evokes strong emotions in you and this is what this book did for me. Andrew is in a loveless marriage due to a teen pregnancy years before. He and his wife have an open marriage and have only stayed together for their son. Nathan and his wife move in to the neighborhood and the men are instant friends. Over time the feelings between them grow and turn into something much stronger than friendship. While Andrew has always known he was gay, Nathan has always been straight. The story then follows the next seven years of these men's lives.
I really can't say much more about the plot as I don't want to include any spoilers. I will say that this was an emotional ride for the reader. Parts of this book were painful to read. My heart broke for both of the men and both of their wifes. Bad decisions were made by everyone at different parts of the story. Bad, painful, heart-breaking decisions in some places. I thought the author did a great job giving us flawed but very human characters who you couldn't help but feel sorry for even despite their behaviors. These characters were far from perfect but most people in real life are not either.
This was a hard book for me to rate at first because even though it was really well done I felt sad and melancholy while reading it. I realized when these two men were still in my thoughts three days after finishing the book that this story deserved a high rating. I may not have had a warm, happy feeling at the end but the fact that the author could make me feel such strong emotions, even negative ones, is a testament to the talent of her storytelling.
Andrew's life is a clich‚: he's a gay man trapped in a loveless marriage, thanks to his religious, overbearing mother. Then a new couple moves in down the street, and Andrew finds himself falling for Nathan in a big way. Nathan is straight, married, and just about to be a father, but after one fateful night out together at a club, Nathan has to face the fact that his feelings for Andrew go way beyond that of a friend and neighbor. When Andrew's wife asks for a divorce, both men's lives are thrown into disarray. Arguments about their responsibilities to their wives and children, doubting themselves and each other, and some harrowing lies pull them apart... but they never leave each other's thoughts.