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Getting Rid of Matthew: A Novel

By Jane Fallon

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ISBN 10: 1401340792
ISBN 13: 2147483647

A sparkling, sophisticated, witty story about what happens when he finally leaves his wife for you . . . and you realize you don?t want him after all.

For once this isn?t a novel about the heroine getting the guy. It?s about getting rid of the guy, and in the process, finding herself.

Helen is nearly forty, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants where there?s no chance of them being caught, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes enough is enough — it?s time to dump Matthew and get on with her life.

This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her. He appears on her doorstep, announcing, ?I?ve done it! I?ve left her! I?m yours!? and proceeds to move in. Helen then discovers how much she can?t bear him. But she can?t just throw him out?after all, she?s been begging him to do exactly this for years. The only thing to do, she decides, is to convince his wife, Sophie, to take him back.

So after a ?chance? meeting in the park, Helen befriends Sophie and hears all about her lying, cheating husband. But then, the unexpected happens — Helen really starts to like Sophie, and thinks she?s way too good for a selfish bore like Matthew. And then there?s the other small problem of Matthew?s handsome, charming son . . .

Jane Fallon turns the conventional love story on its head in this irresistibly delicious, ironic debut for every woman who has ever realized, ?Be careful what you wish for.?


“Fallon makes Helen’s twisted mind pathetic, hilarious, and relatable all at once. Her story is a gritty look at the madness of never knowing exactly what you want.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Sparkling and unpredictable, a brilliant first novel.” —Elle (U.K.)

“A clever, sophisticatedde but novel, Getting Rid of Matthew . . . Is a juicy caper . . . Painfully funny . . . [and] satisfying. Along the way, Fallon’s heroine climbs out of her rut and launches a life of her own.” –

“Brit TV producer Fallon takes ‘careful what you wish for’ to hilarious heights in her debut novel. . . . The surprising and rewarding treat is a bright, grown-up story of two women who discover friendship and trust in one another.” —Publishers Weekly

?Immensely relatable and gently moving, it will leave you full and smiling like the best of novels do. A dazzling debut.? –Jamie Lee Curtis

?A hugely satisfying novel of tables being turned. Smart and funny, it has an underlying tinge of melancholy which adds depth and resonance plus an understanding of just how complicated human relationships are.? –Elizabeth Buchan, author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman

?This is better than reading your best friend?s diary, it?s like reading your worst enemy?s diary; which is of course impossible to resist.? –Adele Parks, author of The Other Woman?s Shoes

?Forget chick-lit and hen-lit — Jane Fallon?s first novel is sharp, funny, tell-it-like-it-is lit. Getting Rid of Matthew is an incredibly accomplished debut, with not a single misplaced word in an honest, hilarious, and yet searingly real portrayal of love and friendship. Turn off the TV and pull up the duvet: you won?t be able to put it down until you?ve finished it.? –Cathy Kelly, author of Best of Friends

“Fallon’s conversational and deeply descriptive writing style ? and witty dialogue ? make the novel thoroughly readable. . . . For those longing for another lighthearted beach read as summer draws to a close, “Getting Rid of Matthew” is a solid option.” — Associated Press



The bedroom was dark, lit only by a sliver of brightness from the wall light in the basement well outside, edging its way around the sides of the blind. Helen could just make out the clock as it clicked over to eight fifteen. She poked

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