November's book

A Better Man by Leah McLaren

This month we have a brilliantly funny read offering a fresh take on modern marriage. What happens when the only way to end your marriage is to be the perfect husband?

Book Synopsis

Maya wants Nick to be less of a workaholic, to come home earlier, to spend some time with his children.

Nick wants a divorce.

With his mind made up, Nick is determined to leave. But it comes as a shock to realize how much it will cost him to walk away. As a stay-at-home mum, Maya is entitled to everything.

Then an unlikely solution presents itself: Nick needs to act like a better man. If he plays the part of a good husband and father, Maya will become happier and more self-sufficient - and Nick's pay-out to her will be far cheaper.

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Book reviews

‘This brilliantly written read is original, surprising, funny and clever. I raced to the end, totally engrossed by McLaren's forensic examination of the demise of this very modern marriage. Wonderful - I loved it.’ Daily Mail

‘A brilliant fresh take on the collapse of a modern marriage. Well-observed, beautifully written but mostly screechingly funny. I laughed, I gasped. Give it to all your friends.’ Camilla Long

‘Brilliant’ Grazia

About Leah McLaren

Leah McLaren is a Globe and Mail columnist. In 2013, she won a gold National Magazine Award in the arts feature category for her journalism. Her first novel, The Continuity Girl, published by HarperCollins Canada and Warner US, spent nine weeks on the Globe and Mail bestseller list. She splits her time between Toronto and London, where she shares a home with her husband and son.

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