They Shouldn't Make You Promise That
by Lois Simmie
A hilarious, poignant Canadian classic, about a fortyish woman who is a wife and mother finding herself at a pivotal crossroad in her life.
This hilarious, poignant Canadian classic, about a fortyish woman who is a wife and mother finding herself at a pivotal crossroad in her life, is available once again, thanks to Coteau Books.
Eleanor Smith has it all - just ask the people around her. She's married to a successful and respected man; they live in a beautiful home with three healthy children, a busy social life and a good reputation.
So why is Eleanor so unhappy? Her husband thinks she's just going through a bad spell and can, if she wants to, snap out of it. Her psychiatrist thinks she just has to inject a little romance into her marriage and she'll be fine. Her mother thinks she should just shut up and count her blessings. Even an anonymous woman in a doctor's office has an opinion - it's "the change."
But clearly, for Eleanor, these aren't the answers. The problem goes deeper than merely a faltering marriage, a temporary depression, or simple ingratitude. With insight, compassion and no small amount of wit, Lois Simmie chronicles Eleanor's harrowing journey toward an understanding of why she feels the way she feels, and what to do about it.
They Shouldn't Make You Promise That is both a joy and a heartbreak to read. It's an engrossing and rewarding tale told by an adept storyteller, a modern-day fable about promises kept, broken and regretted, and promises that should not be made.