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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 194mm x 28mm | 280g
- Publication date: 30 March 2000
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140290656
- ISBN 13: 9780140290653
- Sales rank: 133,017
Imagine the sexiest man you can think of. He's a walking stag weekend. He's a funny, disrespectful, fast, confident, irreverent pub crawl. He is also completely unscrupulous. He's about to destroy Connie's peace of mind, her plan for living happily ever after with her loving husband Luke. What will happen if her husband finds out? What will happen if he doesn't? Connie doesn't know the answers...yet.
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Adele Parks lives in London. PLAYING AWAY is her first novel.
"Marie Claire" A light comic novel....This month's Pick of the Paperbacks (April 2000).
An affecting first novel successfully combines a cheeky first-person narrative with a serious look at the consequences of adultery.Connie is as happy as she should be: A year into her marriage with Luke, the two have a charming London house, promising careers, and each other as best friends. As Connie puts it, shes in the middle of Happily Ever After when she meets John Harding at a work seminar. Flattered by his accomplished flirting, and reminded of a time not so long ago when she could wrestle with the best of them, she nonetheless leaves the encounter with her marriage vows intact. When they meet again a few months later at a conference in Paris, however, the two begin an affair. The storys winning attribute is its depiction of the relationships among Connie and her female friends, all strikingly different personalities, though all are horrified by Connies actions (except Lucy, who makes it a point to sleep only with married men). To justify her affair, Connie convinces herself that John may be her true destiny and Luke only a comfort. While shes stealing afternoon hours away from work to have sex with John against alley walls, her cynical friend Lucy is falling in love (but with whose husband?), prim Daisy is getting engaged, and Rose is becoming increasingly unhappy in a marriage that consists more of changing diapers than exchanging loving glances. When John finally dumps Connie, she runs back to Lukes innocent embraceuntil the evening her drunken ex-lover sends explicit faxes to the house, and Luke moves out the same night. Can Connie get Luke back? More importantly, does she deserve to get him back? Despite the comic tone, and character analysis based primarily on detailed clothing description, newcomer Parks palpably conveys the anguish Connie experiences while still providing a relatively happy ending.A balanced exploration of the rules of marriage. (Kirkus Reviews)