“It occurred to Graham that here, finally, was the similarity between the two women he’d chosen to marry: they were both totally unrufflable, one out of iciness, the other out of obliviousness.”
I loved this book for the first half, it's bubbly, dynamic and very different from the "norm" as the main voice is the one of the husband but the novel is written by a woman.
It is intriguing to read the way the husband sees his wife and how it relates to family life in general.
From the second half of the book though,
I found the story a bit tedious, nothing really happened and the same concepts are repeated over and over again. The issues related to parenting a "non-standard" son are barely touched, which is a pity as the theme could have been developed more in depth.
In summary a pleasant enough read, nothing special though.
Overall rating: 6 Plot: 6 Writing style: 6,5 Cover: 6,5
Title: Standard deviation
Graham’s second wife, Audra, is an unrestrained force of good nature. She talks non-stop through her epidural, labour and delivery, invites the doorman to move in and the eccentric members of their son’s Origami Club to Thanksgiving. When she decides to make friends with Elsbeth – Graham’s first wife and Audra’s polar opposite – Graham starts to wonder: how can anyone love two such different women? And did he make the right choice?
Katherine Heiny is the author of Single, Carefree Mellow, a collection of short stories. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other places. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and children.