Getting Rid of Matthew 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… Getting Rid of Matthew 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… 2007-08-07 Fiction Hyperion
Book Review

Getting Rid of Matthew (2007)

EX-FILES Fallon's debut novel tracks a woman who gets her man — then quickly discovers she doesn't want him
EX-FILES Fallon's debut novel tracks a woman who gets her man — then quickly discovers she doesn't want him
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 07, 2007; Writer: Jane Fallon; Genre: Fiction; 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 Aug 03, 2007 Published in issue #947 Aug 10, 2007 Order article reprints
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