This novel deals with some heavy themes: motherhood, death of a parent, postpartum struggles and suicide, so be warned. Alex Kiester writes about motherhood and postpartum in ways that are considered "taboo" and often go unspoken and unwritten, but I appreciated reading a real and raw account of a couple's journey in the first months of having a child. The story starts with Ben waking up to find June has left him and their baby. He realizes he doesn’t really know his wife or where she would go, and he pieces together June's whereabouts by enlisting help from friends and discovering her journal, in which she writes to her dead mother. This book definitely leaves room for conversation!
— Abby Lindemann, Snail Readers Circle
Note on content: postpartum struggles, suicide, death of a parent— From Readers Circle Recommendations
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Kiester, a heartfelt debut that explores the complexity of a modern-day marriage when a new mother vanishes one morning.
"This powerful novel takes an honest, unflinching look at the challenges of modern parenthood from both sides of a marriage." - Tracey Lange, New York Times bestselling author of We Are the Brennans
Love isn't something that happens to you; it's something you must choose every day.
From the moment Ben and June met in a hospital waiting room on New Year's Eve, their love has seemed fated. Looking back at all the tiny, unlikely decisions that brought them together, it was easy to believe their relationship was special. But now, after several years of marriage, June is struggling as a new mom. At times, she wonders about the life she didn't choose--what might have been if she hadn't given up the lead role in a famous ballet to start a family. Feeling like a bad mom and more alone than ever, she writes to her deceased mother, hoping for a sign of what she should do next.
One morning, Ben wakes to the sound of his baby and quickly realizes that June is gone, along with her suitcase. As Ben attempts to piece together June's disappearance, her new friends mention things he knows nothing about--a mysterious petition, June's falling-out with another mom, her strange fixation on a Greek myth. The more Ben uncovers about June, the more he realizes how little he actually knows her. And now the only way to bring June home is to understand why she left.
Told through alternating perspectives of husband and wife, The Truth About Ben and June is a witty and wise page-turner about life's many crossroads and a heartfelt reminder that we create our own destiny.