January 24, 2009
The Elevator Group
Rating: 1 cup
Carolyn James is separated from her husband of eleven years. Working as a legal writing professor, she is taking classes in order to get a Master’s degree in counseling. Absorbing every self-help guru’s advice she can, she is trying to be a mother to her two children, David--age 9--and Angela--age11.
Tom James cheated on his wife and destroyed their marriage. He is a doctor who makes a very good salary, but refuses to give his family more than the minimum needed to survive. And if he can figure out a way to get out of that, he will.
Keeping a journal of her days as she tries to overcome the grief of her divorce, Carolyn is trying to make sense of the mess she has found herself in. She believes God is helping her get her emotional house in order. Instead of giving up what is necessary to provide for her and her children, she is counting on her husband to keep her and the children in the lifestyle they are used to.
This is written as a journal with all sorts of lists and letters. There is not a story here, just a bunch of wallowing in self pity. Carolyn is woman who is only concerned with what other people think and what self-help book will help her next. I found this woman to be selfish and bitter, lashing out at everyone around her. I understand the land mines concept, but this Carolyn does not focus on the good things happening in her life, seeing only the worst in every situation.
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