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Matrimony: A Novel

Matrimony - Joshua Henkin When you have just finished reading a book (yesterday) and almost nothing hangs in your mind about it, what does that say?The book is called Matrimony, but it didn’t really seem to about matrimony. Ultra-rich Julian befriends middle class Carter at their liberal and anti-establishment college. Both marry and move on in life. It is Carter who is unexpectedly successful, making millions in the corporate world, while Julian slaves away for years over a novel that he cannot seem to complete. A rift breaks up the friends when Julian learns that Carter slept with Julian’s then-girlfriend, now-wife while in college, though the rift over such an inconsequential event seems forced. The book just drifts away at the end, almost as though Henkin had trouble ending the book. It didn’t seem so compelling that I couldn’t stop reading it and I wouldn’t push it off on others. I didn’t take much away from it. In short, a disappointment for me.