When an advertising executive becomes a bestselling author of spy novels under a pseudonym, he disappears with a large amount of cash, abandoning his family to write the Great American Novel. Left with three children to support, the wife assumes the identity of the spy novelist, becoming an even greater success than her husband! Embarrassed by this turn of events, the husband plots revenge against his wife, but she's no longer the meek woman he married. See centerpiece feature.
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The duo known as Cynthia Victor (What Matters Most, 1996, etc.) turn out another gently derivative soap, this time a First Wives Club descendant, with just one wife. A question attributed to Barbara Stanwyck (``Is the screwing you're getting worth the screwing you're getting?'') might be asked of heroine Miranda Schaeffer, martyr to marriage and mother of three. We know immediately that Miranda's a doormat when she rushes out to buy candy for her future husband, Stephen, as he plays bridge in a university dorm room. Stephen is an insecure boy who has never lived up to his parents' standard of excellence, and his ego is buoyed by Miranda, who adores him. Her loving servitude continues through more than a decade of marriage as she shoulders all the child care and housework and goes without rest so that Stephen can pursue his own interests. Their ``secret'' is that Stephen is ``Forrester,'' the successful author of bestsellers, written under a pseudonym so that his disapproving parents won't find out. Stephen is, it turns out, a clever fellow, and what began as a lark is soon bringing in millions. While he is on the fast track, wearing Armani suits, Miranda is on the mommy track, looking frowsy and eating too many Oreo cookies. When he decides to divorce her, Stephen begins to hide their money in secret bank accounts. Then he disappears, intending to write a serious novel good enough to prove what a great writer he really is. Refusing to be defeated, Miranda authors another and much better Forrester novel, loses weight, and falls in love with her editor. Unlike The First Wives Club, governed by the adage ``Don't get mad, get even,'' The Secret tries to create a bridge between its heroine and her family. In the end, Stephen, the stinker, is destroyed by his own character flaws. A heroine's warmth and compassion get smothered in clich‚s-- and caught up in a clunky conclusion that borders on parody. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
YA?Doormat Miranda marries narcissist Stephen Schaeffer and raises their three children while he becomes rich as the pseudonymous author of junky bestsellers. As their wealth (which Stephen considers his alone) accumulates, he begins to hide his money, preliminary to dumping Miranda. When a terrorist bomb goes off in the Manhattan bank from which Stephen has just withdrawn a final chunk of money for transfer to his secret account, he realizes that this is his chance to disappear and begin anew. He moves to Los Angeles and takes on a new identity. In a year, he has run through his money and must rethink his game plan. Meanwhile, Miranda and the children, believing Stephen dead, are left to pick up the pieces of their lives. She slowly discovers Stephen's perfidy in leaving her and their children penniless and is finally ready to admit how badly she had been treated. Since his identity as an author had been kept a secret from even his publisher, Miranda, desperate for an income, studies Stephen's style and writes another book under his pen name. Meanwhile, she has met Stephen's editor by chance and they fall in love. The characters in this fast, interesting read are all delineated by their relationships with one another. Those personality characteristics emphasized to advance the plot leave little room for more thorough character development, but this same drawback is what keeps the plot moving at a rapid pace.?Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
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Descripción Onyx, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0451186044
Descripción Onyx, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110451186044
Descripción Onyx. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0451186044 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0169171