Cheat Day

Liv Stratman. Scribner, $26 (320p) ISBN 978-1-9821-4054-0
Stratman debuts with a sweet, smart account of one woman’s attempt to add some spark and direction to her humdrum everyday. Kit, 34, is stuck in a rut: she can’t muster the nerve to quit a job managing her sister’s bakery in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where she grew up; she’s ambivalent about having kids; restless in a marriage to her well-intentioned, workaholic husband; and still mourning the death of the grandmother who raised her. To snap out of it, she reaches for a solution she’s tried many times before: a diet. This time she embarks on the 75-day Radiant Regimen, her most ambitious wellness overhaul yet. But as she starts to master her food cravings, she begins to indulge in her attraction to a carpenter, leading to an intense affair, and the derailment of her self-makeover. Soon, Kit, realizing the “lucky” life she leads, must acknowledge her failures and open up about impulses if she want to save her marriage: “What I know now is there is no recipe for a clean marriage.” The uneasy relationship Kit has with her various appetites is at the heart of things, and the narrative’s success rests on her wry, insightful narration, which expounds on the inanities of the daily calculus of diet planning with hilariously cringy detail. This is a treat. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/05/2021
Release date: 05/01/2021
Genre: Fiction
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-7971-2594-7
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-1-9821-4055-7
Compact Disc - 978-1-7971-2596-1
Library Binding - 500 pages - 978-1-63808-032-9
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