Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Father's Wives

Book 57 of my 2015 Reading Challenge
read from August 29 - 30

My Father's Wives by Mike Greenberg

Summary (via Goodreads)
Jonathan Sweetwater has been blessed with money, a fulfilling career, great kids and Claire, his smart, gorgeous, sophisticated wife. But there is one thing Jonathan never had: a relationship with his father.
Percival Sweetwater III has been absent from his son’s life since Jonathan was nine years old. A five-term U.S. senator, now dead, Percy was beloved by presidents, his constituents, and women alike, especially the five women who married him after Jonathan’s mother. 
Jonathan hasn’t thought about Percy or the hole he left in his life for years. Dedicated to Claire and his family, he’s nothing like his serial monogamist father. But then Jonathan discovers evidence that everything in his marriage may not be as perfect as he thought. Hurt and uncertain what to do, he knows that the only way to move forward is to go back.
On this quest for understanding—about himself, about manhood, about marriage—Jonathan decides to track down his father’s five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island—and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home.

My Opinion
This book was high on readability but low on actual story or plot.  

It was worth reading for the path it took but communication would go a looooong way here.  I get frustrated easily by scenarios that are longer and more dramatic than they need to be because a simple conversation wasn't had.

It's a quick, thin book, easily read and easily put aside when it's over.

A Few Quotes from the Book
" "...There are certain sights in life that, once they have been seen, can never be unseen. Do you understand what I mean?"
   "I think so," I said.
   "I mean that once you know something you can do with it anything you wish, but you can never unknow it. And sometimes the things we do not know are better for us than those that we do."
    "I understand," I said.
    Though I didn't, really."

"I feel like there was some answer I've been waiting all my life for, but when I finally tried to find it I realized I didn't even know what the question was."

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