Judith D Collins
I'm Fine and Neither Are You
By: Camille Pagan
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: 4/01/2019
My Rating: TBR Honesty is the best policy…except maybe when it comes to marriage in this brilliant, funny novel about the high price of perfection from bestselling author Camille Pagán. Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.
Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.
What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?
“Camille Pagán’s novels are compulsively readable, and her latest may just be her ultimate page-turner. Smart, witty, and exacting, I’m Fine and Neither Are You examines the high price of perfection and the rewards of getting real—even when doing so jeopardizes your most important relationships. I loved it.” —Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author
“With amazing insight into what it’s like to balance marriage, home, and career, Camille Pagán has shined a spotlight on the stark truth, which is that it’s much harder than we make it look. Mother’s little helper takes on a very modern—and unsettling—meaning. This is one relatable tale.” —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know
“A senseless tragedy causes a woman to reevaluate her entire life in I’m Fine and Neither Are You—a beautiful novel that is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. Camille Pagán’s latest is a must-read for any woman who has tried (and most likely failed) to have it all.” —Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of Girls’ Night Out
“I laughed, cried, and reflected my way through Camille Pagán’s glorious novel. It is honest, deep, and timely—not to mention exquisitely written. The story moves at a precise clip, gripping the reader and asking many of life’s toughest but most important questions. A perfect read!” —Elyssa Friedland, author of The Intermission
About the Author
Camille Pagán is the #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of five novels, including Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film, and Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
A journalist and former magazine editor, Pagán has written for the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade; Real Simple; Time; and many other publications and websites. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her family. You can visit her online at www.camillepagan.com.