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Mike, Mike, and Me
by Wendy Markham

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0373895070

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

Review

Mike, Mike, and Me
Wendy Markham
Red Dress, Jan 2005, $12.95, 304 pp.
ISBN: 0373895070

In 1989, high school student Barbra “Beau” is dating Mike when she meets a new Mike. The two Mikes in her life are as different as any pair of people could be, but she likes both of them. After a difficult time making up her mind Beau finally picks one Mike and marries him, leaving the other Mike behind.

Fifteen years later, Beau and Mike remain married raising three kids and living in Westchester County, New York. When the rejected Mike contacts Beau, her dissatisfaction with being a suburban mom surfaces. She begins to dream of returning to the big city, doing something besides being a mom and wondering if she married the wrong Mike.

This fabulous tale rotates between the present and the past with the lead female protagonist considering which Mike is right for her in each time period. The story line uses 1989 teen cultural icons and other references to anchor that era, but does so within the context of the subplot. Wendy Markham also keeps readers guessing on which Mike became the spouse with that twist turning the story into a one sitting tale that in ways reminds the audience of hypocrisy of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Harriet Klausner

 

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