The Hole in the Middle
The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton. New York: New American Library, 2016. 288 p. Conversation Guide. paperback. ****
Starting with the written to envoke envy Christmas letter, Sophie Whelan, Communications Dept. Head, wife, mother, daughter, friend and woman extraordinaire, has and does it all. Approaching her fortieth birthday and taking a realistic look at her life forces Sophie to evaluate what is and is not working. Having your first love come back into your life is not the best time to wonder if your husband is having an affair with his amazing business partner or to make major decisions about your career. Sophie begins to question her recollection of past events and can't shake the feeling that she has settled in love and her career.
Hilton has an easy style of writing that makes her book enjoyable. Sophie is a likable character who laughs at herself and lets the reader in on the humor. This novel is sure to be a popular summer read.
I received a copy of this book from BookSparks for a review.
The Hole in the Middle is Kate Hilton's first novel. Before turning to fiction, Kate worked in law, higher education, public relations and major gift fund-raising. She has an English degree from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She is a working mother, a community volunteer, a voracious reader and a pretty decent cook. On good days, she thinks she might have it all. On bad days, she wants a nap. Kate lives with her family in Toronto.