After reading 'The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry' (which I adored and recommend), I was very excited to see Zevin was coming out with a new book. Usually I do not follow authors to the point where I read whatever they publish next (unless it's a series or the topic is something that gets my attention) but I made an exception since this sounded quite interesting. A young woman (Aviva) has an affair with a married Congressman and it becomes a whole big scandal until the events of 9/11. The book tells the story from the various women who are involved in and around the scandal (including Aviva herself, the Congressman's wife, Aviva's mother, etc.).
It sounded like an interesting premise and it begins very well with the POV of Aviva's mother, Rachel. We skip back and forth to the time period of Aviva confessing the affair to her mother and the "present" where Rachel deals with trying to date here and there after her divorce from Aviva's dad, Mike. Here we get the background of what happened and the fallout from the affair.
Then the book quickly goes downhill. I hate multiple point of view stories. I really can't stand it when authors switch between first, second and third person. There's also a section that tells the story via emails and another section that's a "choose your own adventure" style of storytelling. I can appreciate telling the story of a scandal like this from the different viewpoints of the people involved and I thought it was interesting that Zevin chose to tell it from the women's POV (the men such as Aviva's father Mike and the Congressman appear but they're minor characters).
I thought perhaps this was a book that was going to have to wait longer to read this (like wait for it in paperback) since I thought I wouldn't be in the mood for a "fictional political scandal" type of book. That may play a part of it but I honestly don't think it's very good and don't understand the high ratings. It also annoys me there are story threads that are left hanging (there's an election at the very end and that's it--we don't know the results). To be fair something like the outcome of that election isn't particularly necessary to the story but it seemed like this was a book of a lot of things I hate in terms of reading.
Borrowed from the library and I'm quite glad that's how I read it. Maybe it just wasn't for me but I'd still recommend 'Fikry' which has been out in paperback for awhile.