When Conrad fails to return home from a science conference, Eleanor guesses he may at last be reacting to her infidelity. Or has he finally tired of his stagnating job in transplant research? Eleanor's own scientific career has forged ahead, while Conrad played main carer to their children. The four children, now adult, fear for their father but seem to have little sympathy for their tough ambitious mother. Meanwhile, a long way from home, Conrad is alone, scared and on the run.
Conrad and Eleanor do not have the perfect marriage, not by a long shot. She works way too much, he works too, but has stayed home with the kids a lot. Not that he minded. Someone had to love those kids too (and how they got 4 I do not know).
Eleanor cheats, how she has the time I do not know. And Conrad knows. They have messed up their lives. They are both having mid life crises. They do love each other, but, they are just too used to each other. They are quite normal to be honest.
In the book we get flashbacks how they got together, glimpses from their lives, good times, bad times. How they lost their way. Which brings us to the events here, how he is missing. She wonders why, and I do wonder what he did. Because he sure is running from something bad.
I can not really put all the blame on Eleanor, they both messed up big time. And will they have a happy life in the golden years? Truth be told, no I do not think so. Love does not always mean happiness, but I am sure they will try.
An interesting look at a marriage falling apart
Paperback, 314 pages
Expected publication: June 2nd 2016 by Atlantic Books