Monday, July 2, 2018

Do This For Me by Eliza Kennedy

What They Say.....A high-powered attorney dives into the politics of sex, the perils of desire, and why men and women treat each other the way they do. 

Raney Moore has it all figured out. An ambitious young partner at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, she’s got a dream job, a loving (and famous) husband, and amazing twin daughters. Her world is full, busy, perfectly scripted. Or so she thinks.

One sunny fall day, a bombshell phone call throws Raney’s well-ordered existence into chaos, and in a fit of rage, she diabolically, hilariously burns everything down. Once the flames subside, she finds herself asking some difficult questions: Who am I? What just happened? Am I ever going to find my way back to normal?  Assisted by enterprising paralegals, flirtatious clientele, one dear friend and an unforgettable therapist, Raney thinks the answers are close at hand, only to find life spiraling utterly out of control.

Uproarious, incisive and poignant, Do This For Me introduces a brilliant, off-kilter heroine on a quest to understand sex, fight workplace inequality, and solve the mystery of herself.

What I Say....Sometimes you just read a book at the right time.  And for me this was the right time to read, Do This For Me.  I had read Eliza Kennedy's previous novel, I Take You, and remembered enjoying it, so I picked this one up without really reading the description.

Raney is a busy, high achieving lawyer with twin teenaged daughters that she dotes on and a successful husband that she loves.  Her life is very orderly and she is content.  Until a phone call from a stranger turns her life upside down.

What I liked was the portrait of a career woman who has never stopped to ask herself if being content is enough?  According to Raney, having sex with your husband twice a week means you have a good marriage.  Even if you don't particularly enjoy it.  Just crossing it off your list of things to do is enough.

I laughed a lot, but I was still sad for Raney at the same time as she totally destructs and reconstructs her life.  She suddenly realizes that she isn't even sure what she feels or what she likes in any part of her life.  I think it was a great read, and I was enjoying myself right up to the last page.  Then I didn't love the last page.  No spoilers, but I think the point is that there are no tidy endings if you are living just for contentment anymore.

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