by Barbara SamuelAugust, 2007
An assured debut
Everyone asks Eva Cassady how she lost all that weight more than 50 pounds, all told. Maybe, she confides to the reader, they don't really want to know. Luckily, she tells all in The Adultery Diet, which is a novel in spite of the fact that its author's name is also Eva Cassady. Protagonist Eva has slammed squarely into the crossroads of middle age: She's sending her only daughter to Europe for a year, her marriage is in the doldrums, and even her job as a magazine writer has lost its luster when she is assigned to interview a famous architect who happens to be an ex-boyfriend. Michael seems eager to reconnect, and Eva cannot let him see her the way she is. Immediately, she goes on a diet before she has to interview him. As the pounds drop away, so do the illusions and protections of her life. This Cinderella story has a bitter twist that takes it out of traditional romance territory into an examination of the pressures of middle age. Sharp insights, the clever chapter headings listing Eva's weight and the rising tension combine to create a one-sitting read.