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Evidence of The Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Blurb (as on Amazon):

The repercussions of an illicit affair unfold in this short story by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Dear stranger…

A desperate young woman in Southern California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met—a choice that will forever change both their lives.

My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here.

Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broke

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Short Story

Pages: 80

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 43.61 INR/$0.99

My Rating: 4.5.5

Carrie Allsop and David Mayer converse with each other in a string of letters. How they came to know each other and how they slowly become closer, is what forms the crux of this book.

What I liked about the book:

-> Though this format limits how much character description we get, we feel instantly connected to the protagonists.
-> This was a wholesome read because the resolutions for both Carrie and David were healthy for each party and their families.
-> Though it is a very short story, it packs a powerful, poignant, and emotional punch. How the author manages to cram so many turbulent feelings, and incredible character growth into such a small amount of space is remarkable.

What I did not like about the book:

-> The gushy language and how Carrie and David wouldn’t stop telling each other how amazing they are, grows repetitive and annoying after the first few letters.

Quotable quotes:

-> My life may not be perfect, but at least I can finally say it belongs to me.
-> I needed so badly to see that regardless of whether I could carry a child, I was still me, still worth something. And no matter what my husband thought of me, I was still important.
-> No matter what happens with my marriage, all is not lost. There is still beauty out there, still unexpected wonders.

-> All marriages are complicated. If I’ve learned anything in my adult life, I think it’s been that. Compromise is normal, heartbreak is commonplace.
-> It seems as if you see me exactly as I wish to be seen. There is no greater gift than that.
-> Sometimes I feel like my heart might turn into stone any minute now, and yet every time I see you I soften, reminded of how you still choose kindness over anger at every step.
-> Is it corny to say my heart feels like an eternal December with no April in sight? Of course, it is. Anyone who compares their heart to anything weather related is a square.
-> You can’t be all that happy something has returned if it doesn’t go away in the first place.
-> Often, I feel overwhelmed by this sinking feeling in my heart that I will never be enough.

-> Lying has just become so much easier than telling the truth. I don’t remember when things got so hard. But life has been a matter of keeping our heads above water for years now.
-> It’s interesting, the things we remember.
-> I’m trying to think of better times, later in life- not so much the past or the present, but a brighter future.
-> I guess I find it pretty easy to look like nothing is happening when everything has changed.
-> It is funny the crazy things our brains make up to save us from the truth.

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