Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.
But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne—when they were first married and deeply in love—has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life . . . just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he’s still the man she once loved.
Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, debut novelist Courtney Maum has created the perfect portrait of an imperfect family—and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity.
When I write this review, I feel very bad that I lost a lot of quotes that I had carefully highlighted on my kindle app which was lost due to some issues with the app. How frustrating that can be considering that I did love a few quotes in this book and really wanted to include them here to show you how much I appreciated this book.
I am Having So much Fun Here Without You starts with Richard’s his nonsense attitude when he mourns the bad beating that his ego had to suffer when his mistress suddenly leaves him for another man. This book is his journey and sincere attempt to regain whatever he has lost – his wife, his daughter and a sense of direction for his artistic career.
I found this book to be very realistic and loved the character of Richard which makes this an awesome book. Had Richard being a perfect gentleman with a genuine excuse for his extra marital affair, this book would have been totally ruined…But you get to see a stupid husband who is actually missing his lost mistress and tries to keep some sort of ties with her. It is a different story that she does want to keep his in a tricky leash of her own for her egoistic needs.
Courtney has struck all the right chords with this book with the right thoughts about how people fall in love, get married, have kids and then settle themselves into a well rehearsed routine of their own that they end up losing each other in the process. This is a story of a truly loving couple who felt unloved and unappreciated within the relationship without any particular reason. The slow disintegration of a marriage does not need a third person…which is the most convincing and horrifying aspect of the story of Richard and Anne…
Overall a very honest and in depth look into the institution of marriage which can fascinate and trouble you at the same time…Loved this one :)
First Release: June 2014
Note: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest review.