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Getting Rid of MatthewAfter four years of mid-evening ''playdates'' three times a week, Helen has finally convinced Matthew to leave his wife and family for her. Surprise: He's...Getting Rid of MatthewFictionAfter four years of mid-evening ''playdates'' three times a week, Helen has finally convinced Matthew to leave his wife and family for her. Surprise: He's...2007-08-06Hyperion
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Getting Rid of Matthew

Genre: Fiction; Author: Jane Fallon; Status: In Season; Publisher: Hyperion

After four years of mid-evening ”playdates” three times a week, Helen has finally convinced Matthew to leave his wife and family for her. Surprise: He’s a needy man-child who was never worth the fuss. So to push him away, Helen dials back the hygiene and cranks up the foul-mouthed indifference — while stalking, then befriending (under a pseudonym), his wife. Without descending into cliché, British TV producer Jane Fallon (This Life, Teachers) makes Helen’s twisted mind pathetic, hilarious, and relatable all at once. Getting Rid of Matthew is a gritty look at the madness of never knowing exactly what you want. B+

Originally posted August 6 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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