I REALLY ENJOYED this short.I thought it was inventive ,creepy and humorous and that the characterizations were in depth considering the brevity.I have heard of Jen,but not read her before but get that this is unusual for her .Do we as readers really want to pigeon hole authors....penalize them for wandering out of their perceived genre' s and doing the unexpected ? What I really didn't get was all the complaints and negative reviews.I am glad I didn't pay them heed!
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner and have read all of her books. I find her characters funny, endearing and very easy to relate to. This being said, I was really excited to see she had a short story ebook out. After reading it, however, I have trouble comparing this story to her other work at all.
When Maureen goes searching for Halloween decorations in her attic she finds a wrapped gift from her husband, Tommy, who had died of cancer six months before. Tommy had been an abusive husband, both physically and emotionally, and the idea that he had left her a gift was unusual yet intriguing. When she opens the gift she finds a GPS machine by a company called Quija. The GPS at first makes her contemplate traveling wherever she feels like going, something she never would have thought of doing when her husband kept her painfully tethered to their house, isolated from everything and everyone, other than her kids, that made her happy. But when the GPS begins speaking in a male...
Jennifer Weiner is definitely one of my favorite authors. I love her novels and her short stories usually leave me wanting more. Recalculating is like nothing I have ever read from Jennifer. The emotional abuse is something I am personally familiar with, which lead me to read the story, the physical abuse is something I couldn't imagine. The rest of the story is not close to the work I have loved from Ms. Weiner, yet it is a page turner.
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