Five characters, each separated by decades, deal with their own idea of marriage and what it means to have a true relationship with another individual. It's the story of how each couple have come to know each other and how their vision of marriage has been formed and molded and, ultimately, what love actually means to them.
I realize that isn't the most detailed of plot summaries, but seriously, I've sat here for 45 minutes, attempting to do justice to this fabulous book and I simply can't. It's just that multilayered, that complex, and THAT GOOD. It's so beautifully done, I just want to gush!
I loved that we were presented with four incredibly different couples, along with the woman who created the famous "A Diamond is Forever" slogan for De Beers. That plot point alone made the story unique and interesting, hooking me and keeping me interested. I wanted to read this one all day -- and slowly -- in order to soak up all the beautiful writing.
Though Frances was the driving force for me, it was impossible not to become totally entangled in each of the other relationships. Getting a behind-the-scenes look at the copywriting business was much more intriguing than I ever could have thought and Frances was such a well-rounded character, she was ultimately the one I became most involved with.
I'm recommending it to everyone -- man, woman, book clubs, etc. It was a great read.
Thank you to Knopf for the review copy!