Friday Mornings at Nine by Marilyn Brant.*
For years, Tamara, Bridget and Jennifer have a standing date for coffee every Friday morning at nine. They talk about everything, including children, husbands, work and sex.
As the book begins, they've each reached a sort of crossroads and are hesitant about choosing a direction. Tamara's son Benji has just left for college, her husband is constantly away on business and she has a very attractive neighbour who works from home; Bridget has started back to work part-time, and finds herself attracted to her boss; while Jennifer whose husband and kids take her for granted, has received an email from her college sweetheart.
Feeling frustrated, they make a pact to find out who they really want to be with by stepping out of their comfortable routines. They say they're not intending to have affairs, just know themselves better, but each of them wonders to herself if an affair is really what she's considering.
The story follows each of them, separately and together, as she explores herself and her situation in life. This description makes it sound like a self-help book, but it absolutely is not. It's an interesting, absorbing story of three women who are not afraid to test the limits of their relationships with their husbands and families in order to learn what they really want from their lives.
Reminiscent of Marge Piercy, this is definitely a women's novel, topical and thought-provoking.
*Many thanks to GoodReads and Marilyn Brant for the Advance Review Copy.