Monday, January 14, 2008

The Kept Man

I really thought this book was going to be about a woman who was waiting for her husband to die because she didn't love him. Instead, Jarvis Miller was deeply in love with her famous artist husband but is waiting for him to die so she can get on with her life. While she is waiting, she becomes friends with a group of guys at the nearby laundromat who call themselves the Kept Men Club. They are men whose wives work while they stay home. Needing people to hang out with, she butts into their conversation one day and finds herself with some new friends.
Jarvis is caught between the land of the living and dead. Her life consists of visiting her husband and heading to the laundromat to wash her clothes where she meets up with The Kept Men Club. Her life is pretty depressing.
While her husband has been in a coma for the past six (SIX!) years, Jarvis has uncovered that he was having an affair. We get flashbacks and details on the art world that I found interesting. This isn't a long book, you can easily read it in a day or so. As with her first book which was a collection of short stories, author Jami Attenberg has a nice flowing prose. I think the book has sort of a sad feeling to it, surely not a book you want to read when you are feeling down in the dumps and need a pick me up. You can read more on or on the authors website.

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