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  • 01/2021
  • 9798589483628
  • 340 pages
  • $12.99
The Cracks Between Us
Caitlin Moss, author
It was intoxicating. Thrilling. It was so unlike her. Aila was always a good wife. Never reckless. Always faithful. Until she wasn’t. Aila Sorenson doesn’t know what happened to her marriage. She actively participated in building the life she and her husband, Ben, created but she no longer recognizes herself when she remembers the role she dreamt up fifteen years ago. While Ben has been building a successful career as an attorney in Seattle, Aila has remained in the shadows taking care of their home and tending to their children while struggling to find a balance between the monotony and the chaos. They appear to be shining pillars of marital perfection—attending church on Sundays, volunteering, and surpassing every expectation society has of them—but deep down, Aila knows their marriage is crumbling. She often wonders if Ben even realizes it. When Aila unexpectedly runs into someone from her past, the illusion she and Ben created begins to shatter. While many merely wonder about the road not taken, Aila runs down it full-speed. After months of authentic and insatiable passion, Aila rivals her devotion against her desires and must decide which one is worth fighting for.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Moss creates a pure yet disheartening story of the unspoken burdens of motherhood. As the book shows how a disconnected marriage is no different than neglect, The Cracks Between Us reflects the political issues of second-wave feminism—the ’60s movement that analyzed a woman’s role within their personal lives. Moss’ book is a tale of a woman who defines her existence outside the housewife role, as she challenges society’s metrics for feminine success.

Prose/Style: Moss’ scenarios throughout her chapters thrust the reader into isolation, into the residue of a hollow marriage. Her profound yet faint interactions reveal a slow, marital dissolve, while hinting that a broken relationship happens in fragmented disappointments that lead to disinterest. The structure of the piece, which shifts from chapters entitled “Then” and “Now,” eventually trims the chapters on the past, as if to close in on all Aila has left: the present.

Originality: Moss refuses to romanticize love the way some authors do. Instead, she shows love in its imperfect state, the beginnings and the endings. She chooses to write about the phases that follow the trite, undeniable spark and instead, creates a laborious story where a couple works to preserve their flame.

Character Development/Execution: The novel’s initial setting, a therapy room, appropriately places the reader in a purgatory between Aila’s subconscious and conscious mind. Moss successfully composes a palette of emotions, as her character comes to terms with her silent suffering.

Date Submitted: May 10, 2021

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2021
  • 9798589483628
  • 340 pages
  • $12.99

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