By Susan Isaacs
Name her superficial, yet Susie B Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was once great—and why no longer? Jonah Gersten, MD, a Park road plastic doctor, truly loved her. He used to be good-looking, winning, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets. but if Jonah is located lifeless within the higher East part condo of second-rate “escort” Dorinda Dillon, Susie is crushed with questions left unanswered. It’s undesirable adequate to understand your husband’s been murdered, yet even worse whilst you’re universally pitied (and quietly mocked) as a result sleaze issue. None of it is sensible to Susie—not a sexual liaison with anyone like Dorinda, now not the “better to not talk about it” reaction from Jonah’s companions. With aid from her tough-talking, high-style grandma Ethel, who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband’s companions, the NYPD, and the DA as she attempts to turn out that her incredible existence with Jonah was once no lie.
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Planning on cheating on me? Wishing he could cheat on me but not having the guts or time? To be totally truthful? Of course I had an anxiety or two. Like knowing how fourteen years of marriage can take the edge off passion. We still enjoyed gasping, sweaty intimacy now and then. Like one starry Long Island evening that past August. We did it in a chaise by the pool after three quarters of a bottle of sauvignon blanc. Also in a bathtub in the Caesar Park Ipanema Hotel during an International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery convention.
Much later, it hit me how sad it was, my tossing off my life's dream with so little thought. From the time of my third-grade class trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, when I gaped at the thousands of roses covering arches and climbing lattices, the bushes laid out in a plan that had to one-up the Garden of Eden, and inhaled the mingling of roses and sweet June air, I understood flowers were somehow my ticket to a world of beauty. " I hollered to the guide. " Strange, but until I talked to my guidance counselor in my senior year at Madison, I never told anybody this was what I wanted.
Aside from a slight headache and an ugly red bump on his left temple, he was all right! In my mind I was kneeling beside him, crying out, "Oh Jonah, oh God, oh my God," then calming myself so I could turn to the boys and say, "See? " Except Jonah wasn't there. My mind went blank because fright took over and pushed everything else out. It got hold of my body, too. All I felt was that scary internal vibration from nonstop adrenaline, like a running engine that couldn't be turned off. I braced my hands on the strip of countertop in front of the sink.
As Husbands Go by Susan Isaacs