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May 21, 2010 > A Misrepresentation of Myself

A Misrepresentation of Myself

A Book Review by Robert A. Garfinkle

Newark author Mary E. Gilder has spun a fascinating romance novel, set in Chicago, for her debut book. After we meet her protagonist Zolla Ramsey, you begin to think that this character has life made. She is successful in her profession as a family therapist, is married to a successful doctor, and has a great circle of friends... yet all is not as it seems. There is trouble brewing in Zolla's life. She masks it even from her friends, but they do become suspicious.

As we progress along the story, we discover that there are significant marital problems at home. Zolla is tempted by a handsome attorney, Maxwell Garrison, who originally has come to her office to advise her on some new laws that affect her profession. A romance develops between them that threatens to destroy her marriage. Zolla feels depressed over the dwindling love she feels toward her husband, and Maxwell fills the void. Will Zolla divorce her husband so that she can feel fulfilled again like she is in the arms of her new lover? Can she confront her deep problems and regain the Zolla of old?

I again thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Gilder's book. I found the book to be a quick read simply because once I was into the world Ms. Gilder has created, I could not put the book down. I know that is an old clichˇ, but if fits this time. I think that you will enjoy A Misrepresentation of Myself as well. Upon reflection, the title aptly fits the story. Ms. Gilder has included a set of study questions at the back of the book.


A Misrepresentation of Myself by Mary E. Gilder, 2009 Pp 206, $14.99, paperback, MEG's Publishing (ISBN 978-0-9823844-0-4)

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