Satisfaction: A Novel
Format: Print Length
Publisher: Crown (June 19, 2007)
Format: PDF / Kindle / ePub
Size: 6.3 MB
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Who hasn’t occasionally looked at a friend and wished to swap lives—to leave behind the normal routine of their own for the excitement and intrigue of all they don’t have? Is anyone ever really satisfied with his or her life?
Is Amy, who married James and built a life and a family with him, satisfied by the house and the children? Or does she lie awake at night wishing she was young and glamorous like her sister Grace, or free and unfettered like her twin, Thea? And James? Is he happy? He loves Amy—of course he does—but what if he had a chance with someone else, someone sexy and fresh? Would he be able to pass it up in favor of the comfort and stability of his life? Or would he trade it all for the freedom Archie has?
Archie has always been satisfied with his life—why not? With success, money, good looks, and a series of girlfriends, one prettier than the next, how could he be otherwise? But now a doctor has taken away his confidence with one terrible word, leaving him more vulnerable and alone than he ever has been before. He can’t help looking at James, his best friend, and envying his life with Amy.
After an affair with Archie, Amy’s twin, Thea, moved to L.A. to find herself. She wanted to stake out her own territory as far away from her sister and all the complications of being a twin as possible. Back in London now, she finds herself once again longing for and terrified by all that Amy has. Even Grace, who is standing on the cusp of the success she has worked so hard for, seems to be looking for something else. Her role on a popular nighttime soap opera is limiting; she wants to move on to something bigger. And although she likes the handsome movie star she’s dating, she can’t quite get over an ongoing girlhood crush.
Then one week each of them comes closer to reaching true satisfaction than they ever thought possible. But as all the pieces fall into place, a terrible tragedy alters the bedrock of their friendships forever, making them take stock of what they have, what they thought they wanted, and all that they have lost. A perfect mix of love, betrayal, tragedy, and redemption, Satisfaction leads us through the lives and loves, painful failures, and uncommon successes of this close-knit group of friends.
From the Hardcover edition.