Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
First Published: 2021
After being happily married for twenty years, Flora is shocked when she stumbles across evidence that her husband Julian had an affair a decade ago. With their daughter about to leave for college, Flora begins to question everything about their marriage. Meanwhile, Flora’s best friend Margot, a famous actress, begins to question her life decisions as well.
I couldn’t stand Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s previous novel, The Nest, so I wouldn’t have touched this one except it was the Read with Jenna book club pick in April. Good Company hits on all the middle-life crisis issues: marriage, parenthood, adultery, success, and the what-ifs of life, without giving any of the topics proper depth. I thought the story found its groove when discussing the backstories, but, in general, it all felt so unsatisfactory, especially the ending.
Flora Mancini has been happily married for more than twenty years. But everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is upended when she stumbles upon an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring—the one he claimed he lost one summer when their daughter, Ruby, was five.
Flora and Julian struggled for years, scraping together just enough acting work to raise Ruby in Manhattan and keep Julian’s small theater company—Good Company—afloat. A move to Los Angeles brought their first real career successes, a chance to breathe easier, and a reunion with Margot, now a bona fide television star. But has their new life been built on lies? What happened that summer all those years ago? And what happens now?
With Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s signature tenderness, humor, and insight, Good Company tells a bighearted story of the lifelong relationships that both wound and heal us.