I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
(Touchstone, 2014, 336 pages)
Richard is an artist living in France with his wife and young daughter. There’s nothing wrong with his marriage besides the fact that things have gotten a bit mundane and predictable. Perhaps that’s what led him to start his affair with a young American. Despite breaking things off when Richard’s wife finds out the extent of the affair she doesn’t see how she can forgive him. Now Richard is doing whatever he can to try and get her back. It’s only now (and with the help of his parents) that he can truly see how wonderful his life was. He tries to figure out a gesture grand enough to win her back while at the same time reflecting on how he got himself into this situation in the first place.
This is a novel that looks at marriage for what it is. Obviously, cheating isn’t the answer, but what Maum gets at is that even though marriage can be difficult it’s the love between the two people that makes a marriage last. I enjoyed this and read it pretty quickly because I was curious to see how Maum was going to wrap everything up. I’d recommend it 🙂