Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Roads End Books
Pub. Date: August 4, 2020
The media department for this novel reached out to me, via email, on reading and reviewing this novel. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this book. First, the genre is not literary fiction as marked. “Virtue” is more a contemporary family drama intertwined with politics. Secondly, and this is my own entire fault, the email reads, “Virtue is similar to An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.” But, I was thinking the novel, “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld, which is modeled after the life of Laura Bush as recorded in Ann Gerhart’s biography “The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush.”
“Virtue” revolves around a marriage in trouble and their struggling teenage children. The wife wants change. She is sick of being an at-home mother. The husband is a college philosophy professor who is writing a political book. The President of the college wants him to tone down his political views, for fear of losing donors. He refuses and may lose his job. Since a good chunk of the plot revolves around politics, I didn’t realize my mistake until I started to write this review. Possibly, if I went in knowing I was about to read a family drama, which I can enjoy, I may have enjoyed the tale more than I did. The novel has some thought provoking elements. Still, I do not usually care for novels that end neat enough to be wrapped up in a bow, as this one does.
I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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