Picks and Pans Review: My Husband's Sweethearts

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Bridget Asher |

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After finding out that her 18-years-older, irrepressibly charming husband, Artie, cheated on her with not one, not two, but three women during their four-year marriage, Lucy promptly leaves him. But then Artie becomes gravely ill, and Lucy, still struggling with her emotions, is forced to return and care for him. What follows seems like something out of a movie (and good thing, too, as the tale's already been optioned): Turns out Artie has had many, many "sweethearts"; armed with his exhaustive black book, Lucy invites them to visit her husband's deathbed to gain insight, and perhaps closure. Not quite the most believable scenario, but the improbable relationships Lucy forges with her erstwhile rivals is rendered with humor and heart.

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