Title: The Other Side of the Story: A Novel
Author: Marian Keyes
Published April 2004
October selection for the Knit Happens "Knit Lit Book Club".
The general story is about a woman (Gemma) who's father leaves her mother after like 35 years of marriage. Her mother freaks out, and Gemma is left to pick up the pieces. She writes about her parents to her friend Susan, who in turn sends the entertaining e-mails to a literary agent named Jojo. Jojo decides to take Gemma on as a client, and it just so happens she also represents the person who stole away Gemma's "the one". Gemma's old friend Lily wrote a very successful first book, but is stuck on the second. She is also living in guilt over what she did to Gemma. Oh yeah, and Jojo is having an affair with her boss. Really, it isn't that confusing when you are reading it, but all of the characters are linked in one way or another.
I enjoyed this book much more than PS, I Love You. The characters were interesting and weren't at all wimpy (well, Lily was wimpy at first, but she used her balls by the end of the story). I can't stand stories about woman who don't stand up for themselves and take responsability for their own destiny, and this story at least didn't have any woman crying unless they were pissed off. I can have respect for someone who cries because they are pissed.
I went to Knit Happens for "Knit Lit" night, but only four people where there and only Holly and I had read the book. She recommended another Keyes book to me, Watermelon. I will definitely look for it at the library.