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April 23, 2013 > Book Review: A Misrepresentation of Myself

Book Review: A Misrepresentation of Myself

A Book Review by Robert A. Garfinkle

Newark author Mary E. Gilder has spun a fascinating romance novel, set in Chicago, for her book debut. After we meet her protagonist, Zolla Ramsey, we begin to think that this character has life made. She is successful in her profession as a family therapist, is married to a successful doctor, and has a great circle of friends, yet all is not as it seems. There is trouble brewing in Zolla's life. She masks it even from her friends, but they do become suspicious.

Progressing through the story, readers discover that there are great marital problems at home. Zolla is tempted by a handsome attorney, Maxwell Garrison, who originally has come to her office to advise her on new laws that affect her profession. A romance develops between them, threatening to destroy her marriage. Zolla feels depressed over the dwindling love she feels toward her husband, and Maxwell fills the void. Will Zolla divorce her husband so that she can feel fulfilled again in the arms of her new lover? Can she confront her deep problems and regain the Zolla of old?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gilder's book. I found it to be a quick read simply because I once lived in the world Gilder has created. I could not put the book down. I know that is an old cliche, but it fits this time. I think others will enjoy A Misrepresentation of Myself as well. To find out just how aptly the title fits the story, read it for yourself.

A Misrepresentation of Myself, by Mary E. Gilder, 2009 Pp 206, $14.99, paperback, MEG's Publishing (ISBN 978-0-9823844-0-4), includes a set of study questions at the back of the book

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