22. Visible City by Tova Mirvis
Nina is a stay-at-home mom of two young children living in New York City. Her husband is often absent working long hours at his job, so she spends her time using her son’s binoculars to look into the window of an older couple across the street. She imagines their life together and revels in how blissful they seem until one night a young couple appears in dramatic fashion in the same window. Shortly thereafter she winds up meeting both couples in real life and discovers that all might not be as it seems.
I really enjoyed this book. For anyone who has ever walked by the window of someone else’s house and peered in wondering about their life or imagined that someone else’s life must be better than yours. The story is ultimately fairly predictable. Nothing is going to take you by surprise, but I liked Mirvis’ insights and because it is predictable in some respects it feels very relatable especially as you enter the routines of life at a certain age. I give it a 7 out of 10.