Picks and Pans Review: The Marriage Diaries

updated 10/02/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/2006 01:00AM

By Rebecca Campbell
NOVEL

It's a cliché to set the scene in certain romps with a reference to Manolo Blahniks, so Campbell upped the ante: Her heroine, Celeste, bemoans rain damage to her "third-favorite" pair of Manolos—signaling that we are deep in the jungle of featherweight romantic intrigue. Celeste is a buyer; husband Sean minds their son and does radio commentary as Mr. Mom. The plot unfolds in diary entries as they drift miles apart. This is really lad lit in the tradition of Nick Hornby; Sean's hilarious entries, laced with British humor and applied to matters such as housework, outshine the pedestrian plot.

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