Cheatin’ heart

By JOHN FREEMAN  |  January 28, 2010

What is the difference between love and contentment? Zigzagging between these two worlds, Shriver asks the question over and over, eventually drawing these two plot lines into one world. It would be nice if this novel had been a little shorter, a little less driven by its issue. But that’s the way Shriver writes — big, engaged, as if the world depended on it. Reading this book, you get the sense she believes Jimmy Carter was right: you can sin inside your heart. And if The Post-Birthday World is any guide, it’s best kept there.

LIONEL SHRIVER | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | March 19 at 6:30 pm | 800.542.READ | Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St, Newton | March 20 at 7:30 pm | 617.244.6619

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