Marilyn Brant Friday Mornings at Nine

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Friday Mornings at Nine

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Each Friday morning at the Indigo Moon Cafe, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara meet to swap stories about marriage, kids, and work. But one day, spurred by recent e-mails from her college ex, Jennifer poses questions they've never faced before. What if they all married the wrong man? What if they're living the wrong life? And what would happen if, just once, they gave in to temptation...Soon each woman is second-guessing the choices she's made - and the ones she can unmake - as she becomes aware of new opportunities around every corner, from attentive colleagues and sexy neighbours to flirtatious past lovers. And as fantasies blur with real life, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara begin to realize how little they know about each other, their marriages, and themselves, and how much there is to gain - and lose - when you step outside the rules...

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Friday Mornings at Nine is a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Alternate Selection for October 2010!

Hello Readers!
As the author, I worked hard to make this a book that explored some themes I considered very important, and I thought the best way to explain them was to post an interview question I was asked about the novel, along with my response. Whether I was successful or not in my attempt is, of course, up to each individual reader. Regardless, many thanks to all of you for your interest in the story.

Q: What was most important to you in the writing of this story?

A: I'm always striving to be as honest as possible about the complexities of human emotion, particularly in regards to relationships. I would say with FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, the biggest issue I wanted to explore was not so much the concept of "cheating" as a theme but, rather, the far less titillating subject of "choosing." I feel that a woman can really only commit fully to a relationship -- marital or otherwise -- once she understands how and why she's chosen to be there. That she has to look closely enough and listen deeply enough to know who she is and what she wants. And that in every romantic relationship or good friendship, she chooses over and over again (either consciously or unconsciously) whether she wants to stay. I tried to show my characters in this story moving from living lives I would consider unexamined...to consciously, actively making a choice about where they were headed.

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Brant falls into the sophomore slump with this tale of three friends struggling through boring patches in their marriages. Tamara, Bridget, and Jennifer meet every Friday morning to discuss their mundane lives, the only hint of spice being the fantasy man each has her eye on. For Jennifer, it's college flame David; for Bridget, it's Dr. Luke, the dentist she works for; and for Tamara, it's Aaron, her younger next-door neighbor. After confessing to their crushes, the women agree to share what happens with the objects of their affection. This potentially steamy premise never picks up heat, though; it's difficult to tell the women apart, as their dull marriages and individual story lines are barely differentiated, and for a group of gossiping friends, they're awfully withholding. This is a disappointment considering the promise Brant showed in According to Jane.
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