What kind of a couple throws a huge party on their thirty-fifth anniversary to celebrate, not the event itself, but the fact that the marriage is ending? This particular divorce party is marking the end of a coupling that others thought would survive anything—the Huntingtons come from a family of survivors on this island of Montauk. And Gwyn and Thomas seemed to be the perfect couple.
As the guests assemble for this lavish get-together, another couple, just beginning their journey together, is also coming from a home in Red Hook, near Brooklyn, NY. This will be Maggie’s first introduction to her fiancé’s family. Nate has said little about them; in fact he seems unusually reticent.
Then on their trip to Montauk, through a series of chance meetings along the way, Maggie first glimpses some of the secrets Nate has kept from her. The cracks in the thin veneer that protect them are spreading and threatening to burst. Her first doubts appear.
More is revealed in the first days in Montauk, and the journey may abruptly end unless something drastic happens.
Meanwhile, we see Gwyn’s story unfolding, layer by layer, as she relives through memories the journey she and Thomas have taken. And we slowly learn why Gwyn has chosen this particular venue—the divorce party—to mark the demise of the marriage.
Alternately told in Gwyn’s and Maggie’s voices, we discover what it means to build a life with someone and how, by making very different choices, two different women learn how to create the lives they most want to lead.
What are the secrets Nate has kept, that threaten his new relationship? And what motivates Gwyn to choose this very public setting to end hers? Is there more she hopes to unleash? And will she get the results she seeks?
These are some of the questions resolved in these pages, giving The Divorce Party: A Novel a resounding five stars, in my opinion.