Despite the attention-grabbing title, Adultery,
the new novel by the award-winning author of The Alchemist
, is not really about cheating. It’s more about that space we reach in the middle of our lives when we start to doubt everything – the midlife crisis.
On the surface, Linda has less reasons for experiencing this crisis than most. She’s in her thirties, attractive, rich, and she lives in beautiful Geneva, Switzerland. She has a loving husband, children, and a good job as a political journalist. All things considered, it’s not easy to empathize with her unhappiness. But as we all know, depression isn’t rational. And Linda is depressed. She explains, “I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and the equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the… Continue