Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

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Stars: *****

This was a great book and certainly lived up to the hype I’ve heard about it. I’m glad I got the chance to read and discuss this book and I’ll be adding his first book to my TBR list.

The first thing that I really enjoyed about the book was the 3rd person Point of View(POV). Perhaps it’s just the type of books I read but I don’t come across that very often. When a book is written from 1st person POV the story is a little one-sided because you only learn the thoughts and feelings of one of the characters.

The second thing I liked is the way it is laid out. The story is divided into sections based on the place the characters are living in at the time. The story spanned over 15 years but the story doesn’t seem rushed, like everything is happening one after the other because there are time gaps. What I mean is, time elapses between some paragraphs and most chapters so that the next one might be taking place a few months or even a few years after the last paragraph/chapter did. This serves to make it more believable since the more interesting and important parts of your life don’t usually happen one right after the other.

Another thing I am fond of is the writing style. The wording is eloquent and the author does a superb job of writing from a female perspective, when you read the parts from Mia’s POV you forget that the author isn’t female. I love the way the author can write for a few paragraphs or even a few pages before getting into the details of the wheres and whens without droning on. This is especially well done in the first chapter of the New York section.

The last thing I wanted to mention was the cover art for the book. It’s so simple yet it speaks volumes about the book. Two toothbrushes in the bathroom instantly suggests a committed couple and it just seems to be the perfect photo.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.