Indiscretion by Charles Dubow
Recently I have been reading books that I have enjoyed and would recommend but I haven’t wanted to devour them. Welcome Indiscretion, this book made me fall in love with reading all over again.
Indiscretion is described as the modern day version of The Great Gatsby, one of my all-time favourite books, so I had high hopes.
Harry and Maddy Winslow are one of those all-American couples which have a seemingly perfect life, he’s an author who’s just hit the big time, they spend summers in the Hamptons and attend fabulous parties and events. They met at college and have been deeply in love ever since and they have one son – Johnny. One summer they meet Claire, young beautiful and intriguing the couple can’t help but be swept away by her and she feels the same about them. She goes to the beach, parties and dinners with the couple and dreams of a life like Harry and Maddy’s. After one too many cocktails Claire tells Harry she is love with him, he ignores her comments but not for long.
Several months later Claire sees Harry in New York on business and the two begin a steamy and intense love affair. He takes her on trips to Paris, buys her designer dresses and dines at trendy restaurants. But all the lies and deceit, as with most affairs, eventually comes to light.
Told by Walter, Maddy’s best friend from high school the novel has definite similarities to The Great Gatsby. Walter reminded me so much of Nick Carraway. He is a wise and impartial figure who although has a good job and money yearns for a different life, one with Maddy. It also deals with the same subjects; idealism, decadence and excess.
Charles Dubow has created a wonderful book centred on the question, can we have it all? Harry seemingly has everything he could want but is perfection and idealism ever really enough? This is a timeless book and one that deserves a lot more credit.