Picks and Pans Review: The Ex Files

updated 03/01/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/01/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

By Jane Moore

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Prewedding jitters? Faye has 'em so bad that just days before the ceremony, she has a fling. She doesn't know what to make of this alarming sign, but in the course of this delectable novel—in which both she and her intended invite their significant exes to the wedding—she figures it out.

Moore's tale is a fun, fresh read with an underlying sophistication. Faye, a model, usually plays hard to get, knowing that the "treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen" philosophy works. She has settled on Mark because, unlike her former flames, he is neither too gorgeous nor too dull. But he's the typical clueless male. (One friend refers to him and his roommate as Tweedledum and Tweedledumber.)

As the clock ticks down to the wedding hour, the guests conspire, each one hoping to pave a path to romance without getting stuck in a rut. And as Faye's almost brother-in-law puts it, "The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth." Faye has the looks, and this book has the rest—brains and personality.


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