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Did the Earth Move?
by Carmen Reid

Category: Fiction / General
352 pages; ISBN: 0743493761

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Did the Earth Move?
Carmen Reid
Downtown, Jun 2005, $13.00, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0743493761

Three years without sex until this afternoon; yet Eve comes three times sharing a bed with her cat’s veterinarian Nils. As she ponders her wantonness she looks at her fourth finger wearing the ring of her second ex husband Joseph, but cannot fathom why she still has it on.

Eve struggles with two adult children (twenty-two years idol Denny and twenty-year old Tom) and two preadolescent (nine years old Anna and Two years old Robbie- that last sexual act before today). Especially wearying her tired soul is her youngest who has become the poster boy for the terrible twos. Still as she ponders to sex or not to sex that is the question, Eve wonders if she blew it when she let Joseph go. Although the vet has proven to be a good and caring lover asking HOW WAS IT FOR YOU?, Eve wonders if her coming even three times is enough for only with Joseph DID THE EARTH MOVE.

This is an amusing look at a woman in a mid life crisis struggling with her everyday existence raising what she assumes is a hyperactive infant and the reincarnation of Freud daughter while wondering how she went wrong since Joseph remains in her heart. The story line is character driven as the forty something Eve begins to realize she must first rediscover who she is before she can decide on what she wants. Carmen Reid writes a fine drama starring a woman struggling with what she truly desires out of life.

Harriet Klausner


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