Visible City, by Tova Mirvis
Reviewer: Katherine Barrett Baker; age 52; director of an etiquette school; Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
Katherine’s assessment: In this story of three unfulfilled couples living in Manhattan, Mervis captures a prevalent inner struggle: the desire for change versus the fear of the unknown. Nina, a new stay-at-home mom, spies on her neighbors from her window for hours on end, wishing that she could join their lives, while her husband, Jeremy, researches “ghost subways” as an escape from his miserable job. Through these characters’ feelings of fear, regret, and discontent, I was reminded never to lose sight of what brings me happiness.
To buy: $24, amazon.com.