Evidence of the Affair
About this deal
Evidence of the Affair is a standalone novella by Taylor Jenkins Reid and does not belong to any series. It is a self-contained story that delves into the intricacies of love, betrayal, and the aftermath of an affair. So no need to go and splurge your bank account on TJR books (although we highly recommend it). Is Evidence of the Affair a romance novel? I will be here dancing with you for as long as we want to get groovy. All right, that was truly lame. I’ll quit writing now before this really goes off the rails.”
My mother has always told me that I have more opportunities, as a woman of my generation, than she ever had. She made it seem like I had an obligation to use them how she would have.” Taylor Jenkins ReidThis novella serves as a poignant reminder that even the most seemingly perfect unions can harbor secrets and betrayals. By choosing the epistolary format, Reid allows readers to witness the characters’ vulnerabilities and raw emotions firsthand. The letters, filled with pain, confusion, and moments of solace, create an intimate connection between the characters. It almost felt as though we were a part of the whole ordeal. This method of writing can be done very poorly, but thankfully, that’s impossible for TJR.
The repercussions of an illicit affair unfold in this short story by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid. So many of my GR friends and gal pals adore your work and I must say that the covers of your Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo books intrigued me. My intuitions kept telling me to put you off. People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is 'you're safe with me'- that's intimacy.”
Lying has just become so much easier than telling the truth. I don’t remember when things got so hard. But life has been a matter of keeping our heads above water for years now.” This was an engaging novella which takes place in the late 70's in California. Two people who are married are having an affair. Carrie finds love letters from a woman named Janet in her dermatologist husband Ken's briefcase. Carrie and Ken have been married about ten years. Carrie doesn't work because Ken says he wants her to relax so that she can get pregnant. They have been trying for quite some time, without success. Eventually, Carrie decides to write to David, the husband of Janet. She tells David that his wife Janet is having an affair with her husband Ken, and that she will send David xerox copies of the letters if he would like to read the evidence for himself. This launches a letter writing relationship between Carrie and David born out of the shared betrayal by their spouses.
Carrie and David are each struggling with their own unique circumstances and grappling with the consequences of their partners’ infidelity. As they navigate the storm of emotions and seek closure, their individual stories soon intertwine. As a result, forging an unlikely bond that transcends the boundaries of betrayal. This epistolary short story begins when Carrie Allsop, a young married woman, reaches out and writes to David Mayer, the husband of the woman with whom her husband is having an affair. She’s discovered their betrayal after finding the letters sent by David’s wife, Janet. Through their correspondence, Carrie and David become intimately acquainted, forming a bond that transcends their initial connection. They confide in each other, sharing their hopes, fears, and regrets, providing a source of support and comfort during this tumultuous time.
Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affairexplores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken. Sometimes I think mine might turn to stone any minute now, and yet every time I see you I soften, reminded of how you still choose kindness over anger at every step.”