From the bestselling author of The Continuity Girl, a funny, sharply observant novel of the pitfalls of marriage and success, and how a couple must lose it all before they can hope to find their way back.
Nick and Maya Wakefield’s relationship is in crisis. Though it’s true they never argue, they barely speak and certainly don’t have sex. The turning point came when Maya left her high-powered legal career to stay home with their now three-year-old twins, Isla and Foster. Today she feels invisible, anxious and under-appreciated, while Nick feels his wife has become neurotic and obsessed with the children. A workaholic with a wandering eye, Nick has decided he wants out. But he balks when their old friend, a divorce attorney named Gray, shows him the financial damage. As sole breadwinner, Nick will have to pay up big time to get out fast. Together, he and Gray hatch a plan—Nick will act like an ideal husband and father in order to get a better court settlement. With this in mind, Nick encourages Maya back to work, spends time with the kids and takes his wife away on holiday. But with his cynical ruse come a surprising change of heart. Soon he is astonished find his actual emotions match his act—their marriage is truly on the mend and Nick couldn’t be happier. That is, until Gray tells Maya the plan and things fall to pieces. Now Nick’s only hope to save his family is to convince Maya that he really is the better man he was pretending to be.
Praise for A Better Man
“Supremely entertaining, perceptive, and laugh-out-loud funny, A Better Man is certainly one of the year's best novels. Leah McLaren's debut is a tender, true and pitch perfect portrait of contemporary love, marriage and parenthood, and the complex and uncertain definition of what it means to be ‘happy.’” -- Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth
“Inside every couple’s marriage is a secret known only to them. One of the many pleasures of Leah McLaren’s novel is the way she opens a window onto that secret, with great heart and wit. Wince in recognition then laugh out loud, just like life.” —Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Based on a True Story
“In this engrossing new novel, Leah McLaren deftly balances humour and pathos to weave a touching, entertaining portrait of a marriage in crisis. A great read!” – Terry Fallis, bestselling author of No Relation
"Leah McLaren’s A Better Man is ruthless and heartwarming by turns, filled with characters who refuse to conform to expectations. McLaren digs into the disorienting, hilarious, and sometimes flat-out absurd negotiations of modern relationships and identities with a sharp eye and a sharper wit." -- Grace O’Connell, award-winning author of Magnified World
“A Better Man is unexpectedly beautiful, a tale of what happens when lovers lose sight of one another during life’s journey.” – Globe and Mail