Since editing the New York Times bestseller The Bitch in the House,
Cathi Hanauer has become the unofficial spokeswoman for the contemporary
married woman. Now, in Sweet
Ruin, she gives us a story of marital crisis and sexual tension
featuring a character close to her heart—and recognizable to us all.
Leopold used to be a New York magazine editor, until she and her young family
moved to suburban New Jersey. Two years ago, the death of an infant son sent
her into a deep depression—a darkness that begins to lift in the company of a
handsome, unattached neighbor. As she fights yearnings that could destroy
everything that gives her life shape, a threat to her young daughter’s welfare
emerges from an unlikely source, throwing Elayna’s questionable morality into
stark relief—and forcing her to make choices she never dreamed she would have
Smart and gripping, Elayna’s
story raises heartrendering questions about the challenges of ordinary
life—marriage, career, independence, and sexuality—that have no easy answers. Sweet Ruin is a
triumph of contemporary fiction from a writer known for her candor and wisdom. Download and start listening now!