Life After Yes is the story of Quinn OMalley, a Manhattan born and bred attorney (sound familiar?) thrust into confusion and indecision after she accepts her Prince Charming of a boyfriends romantic proposal in Paris. Suddenly shes surrounded by temptationin the forms of ex-boyfriends, charming coworkers, even her personal trainer. And, despite the gravity of her romantic situation, it all seems somewhat insignificant in the context of her family life: Its 2002, and Quinns father was having breakfast on the top floor of Tower One on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Quinns grief and the toll it takes on her personal life and health (in the form of semblant gallons of white wine) provide a realistic and heart-wrenching backdrop for the rest of the story, but that remainder falls flat. We found Quinns infidelities and dishonesty, well, icky, as there seemed to be no real repercussions, and the takeaway was monogamy is hard. And while we enjoy Rowleys contemplative writing style (particularly on her cheesy-in-a-good-way blog, ivyleagueinsecurities.com), in novel form it comes across as heavy-handed, overly earnest, and unrealistic (the characters communicate almost exclusively in Sex and the City-style quips).
Weve got our eye on Rowley, and we look forward to a more subtle, nuanced sophomore effortin the meantime, save Life After Yes for a lazy weekend when youre feeling down on marriage and arent necessarily in the mood to be proved wrong.