The memoir begins with the unexpected death of Julie’s husband Henry. As Julie’s world is turned upside down, she decides to finish the novel her husband was working on titled, “Umami,” the Japanese word for perfection.
In the middle of coping with the loss of her husband (a man whom she knew for sixteen years), her walls of perfection come crashing down as she is forced to face the dizzying fact that Henry led a double life. He had multiple mistresses including an affair with a close friend of hers. Little, troubling things finally add up such as when Henry stopped wearing his wedding ring. The life she strived for was far from perfect. With the shocking information revealed to her, Julie tracks down each mistress and confronts her.
As Julie friends reveal secrets they knew of and she uncovers more women, she takes the reader on a raw, honest journey into hell itself such as when discovers personal journal entries and emails, the shock when she called her doctor for STD testing to find out Henry had requested an HIV test one month before he died, and her quest for a new life for herself and their daughter.
All I can say is wow. That’s takes a lot of guts.
After the first ten pages in which Julie describes finding her husband on the floor unresponsive, I cried. I couldn’t ever fathom the horror involved in losing your spouse. I also have to commend Julie for writing this book. It takes an incredible amount of courage to display such personal information for the world to see. Julie writes beautifully and is brutally honest in this memoir. She did so for women everywhere out there that are in a similar situation like Elin Nordegren or Sandra Bullock.
The only part of the book I did not like was how quickly Julie started a new relationship with a man both of them had known. Nor did I care to hear about Julie’s intimate escapades. That being said, no one can predict how they might act in this situation. Julie shows the reader a complete portrayal of everything that happened which, once again, is very brave.
This book is incredibly raw and meant for those who can handle it. I have to admit that at times I could not bear to read the personal emails Henry sent to his mistresses. It was too heartbreaking for me.
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*With Thanksgiving at our doorstep, what are you plans for the holiday?
For example: This will be my second year making Thanksgiving at home with my husband. At the very least I know we can cook a turkey without burning the house down! It’s our tradition to have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy…and for some reason (maybe growing up in a household of five females) cheesecake is a staple dessert for this holiday.