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In the Mood by Laura Bloom

March 2010, no. 319

In the Mood by Laura Bloom

Viking $32.95 pb, 336 pp

In the Mood by Laura Bloom

March 2010, no. 319

Soon after the end of World War II, Robert Booker, husband of Catherine, returns from service in New Guinea to their home in Sydney. It is immediately apparent that their relationship has deteriorated. With Catherine’s hasty disposal of a telegram from an American soldier named Lewis, we learn that she has had an affair, and also a child, in Robert’s absence. The story then moves back to 1944, when the liaison began. Eventually it returns to the present, and Catherine has a hard time concealing her affair and child from her husband.

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