Title: A Better Man
Author: Leah McLaren
Published: Corvus: Allen & Unwin October 2015
Status: Read from October 06 to 08, 2015 — I own a copy
What if the only way to end your marriage was to be the perfect husband?
Maya wants Nick to be less of a workaholic, to come home earlier, to spend some time with his children.
Nick wants a divorce.
With his mind made up, Nick is determined to leave quickly and with dignity, but it comes as an unpleasant shock to realise how much it will cost him to walk away. As a stay-at- home mum, Maya is entitled to everything. Nick is resolute, so when an unlikely solution presents itself he gives it everything he’s got. If Nick becomes a better husband and father, if he encourages his wife to rediscover herself, the more self-sufficient Maya will become: and the cheaper Nick’s pay-out.
But as Nick pretends to be a better man he becomes one. He remembers his connection with Maya, their ability to be a couple and not just parents who share a house. Everything seems to be back on track. Until Maya finds out exactly what Nick has been planning.
McLaren offers plenty of emotional drama and touches of humour in A Better Man. She makes some astute observations about marriage and parenthood, but generally the story offers a quite cynical view of domesticity.
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