THE IDEA OF HIM: A Novel ~Holly Peterson
“I yanked open the curtains to let the early morning light shine in, while I forced myself to start working on my screenplay. I thought about something Helen Gurley Brown, the founders of Cosmopolitan, who looked fabulous into her eighties, once said: The greatest love in your life should be your work, not your man.”
Allie Crawford, the hero of THE IDEA OF HIM, is a screenwriter, a mother, a wife and a charming, intelligent 34 year old woman who is working for a prestigious PR firm in New York City. Her husband is CEO for an arts Magazine which is having great difficulty during the recession and with all the changes in publishing; he is a born charmer. Allie is making the stable funds in the relationship, being the supportive wife, keeping the children on track, not able to focus on her love of writing, and figuring out that all that is happening in her life is off center. Her noisy, demanding boss is not making life any easier and she is creating a new film festival in the City. She is also sorting out her relationship with her father, who died in a plane crash when she was 16; Allie survived the crash as did her best friend James.
Allie’s husband has confessed to a spontaneous, short term affair and she is reeling from this reveal and working on trust, when a very attractive woman confronts her with some very disturbing news about some illegal activities connected to the film festival, her boss, and a wheeler-dealer Texan who has just been released from Prison. The pressure is on and this brings up Allie’s look into her father’s life and what she is reviewing about their relationship and her mother’s alcoholism. There is always that wonder if she should have married the high school sweetheart instead.
I would name this book a great rainy day or beach read and it was good story telling. The story line was interesting and even through there was enough money, everyone was not over the top wealthy and there was good representation of the financial dilemmas nearly everyone is encountering. The story had a good mystery to solve and lots of self-study and self-realizations. It moved smoothly along and held my interest well. THE IDEA OF HIM was a very interesting read. I think most of the members of my book group would enjoy this book, but we would not use it as a book group discussion book – more likely THE IDEA OF HIM would be a personal read.
When do you stick with a marriage and when does one give up on a marriage is definitely a theme in this novel.
“Holly Peterson is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES and international bestseller, THE MANNY. She was a contributing editor for NEWSWEEK and editor-at-large for Tina Brown’s TALK magazine. Prior to those positions, she was an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade.”