ASIN #: B0084B9VZW
File Size: 359 KB
Page Count: 316
Copyright: May 17, 2012
(Taken from Amazon)
Mace Evans is single at thirty-eight. When her much unloved older sister, Shannon, declares that Mace is anti-social, she embarks on a journey to understand her condition; whether she was born that way or if it is the accumulation of thirty-eight years of unfortunate encounters with other humans and dogs.
For reasons unbeknown to Mace, she has an affair with a work colleague, which brings an unexpected end to her perfect marriage. And as if the self-imposed torture and regret is not enough, Mace endures ongoing judgment from her older sister and mother, which further exacerbates already tenuous relationships.
With support from her four best friends, merlot and pizza, and with guidance from her life coach and mentor, Oscar Wilde, Mace recovers to a degree, but in her quest to understand her anti-social ways, she finds herself wondering about the quality of the fabric that keeps her network of friends intact.
When Mace's mother is diagnosed with cancer, Mace searches for common ground on which to connect before it is too late.
I'm not sure why people like Mace are considered anti-social by others. Just because we don't like to be involved in every little thing or can fake it up with people we don't (and do) know doesn't mean we're anti-social. As you may can tell, I related well with Mace. I like her independent attitude and her "anti-social" ways. I do believe, though, that the major part of her anti-socialism began when her husband died. He was her soul mate and to lose that is devastating.
Mace's independence and anti-socialism made her look at her family members in a way that was deceptive. For example, she thought her mom favored the oldest and youngest sisters and disregarded her. What she found out (too late) was that her mom actually craved Mace's attention and presence in her life. That was one of the major drawbacks to how Mace behaved. It made me analyze my own life. Am I perceiving people in a deceptive light? Am I projecting my anti-socialism and independence onto others and thinking they want nothing to do with me?
Granted, this book was probably not intended for deep reflection, but it's what was triggered in me while I read this book. It's a semi-light read with a serious side that, I think, fans of chic-fiction would probably appreciate.
*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.