Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?
Just finished this which is my book group read for this month – so a brief review just in case any of them are reading this before we discuss it. Fabulous! I was totally immersed in the life of Douglas Petersen and his family. Brilliant portrait of a marriage and a family over around 30 years. Poignant, insightful but lots of humour too (the sunburn!) – highly recommend.
Us was published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2014 and is now available in paperback and ebook. You can order a copy here: Us by David Nicholls.