The Arrangement


by Sarah Dunn
Published March 21st, 2017 by Little Brown and Company
3 Stars


How far would you go to try and save your marriage?

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?
Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They’ve got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It’s the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school’s “hot lunch,” dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, “chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife’s version of chopping wood.”
When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they’ve made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There’s a part of her, though-the part that worries she’s become too comfortable being invisible-that’s intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she’s known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-“real life,” or the “experiment?”

Owen and Lucy have been stuck in their marriage. They are at that point where they feel like roommates more than anything else. Lucy is convinced they need to jumpstart their lives and she gets a crazy idea from one of her friends. The idea of an open marriage puts off many people but Lucy and Owen decide to give it a go. They have the rules written down with the most important rule being the time limit to their little experiment.

  1. No one can ever know
  2. No falling in love
  3. Condoms at all times…

What if they figure out the solution to disinterest in a marriage?

Could they be the couple to make this short-term arrangement work to their advantage?

They believe they can have an on/off button and that the switch from that life back to their regular lives will be easy but it’s not and they would have known this had they done some research before starting the arrangement.

Other than the theme of open marriage, there was also the transitioning teacher. Some parents were okay with it but some were not. The teacher was going through the changes in front of the students and some felt that it was wrong. One day the teacher was coming to school in suits the next in a dress.

This was an easy read, quick and funny. Thanks to the publishers for an ARC.

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