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My Soul to Keep - Tananarive Due

What do you do when you discover the truth of your husband?  Depends on what that truth is, doesn’t it? 


                Due’s book is an examination of a relationship that is tested because the man, the husband, is an immortal.  That is the main conflict of the story – what happens when the truth is revealed.


                Jessica is a woman with problems.  She is too dependent on her husband, too worried about what he thinks.  She fears and worried that she wouldn’t get married, so perhaps she settled.  At least, this is some of what her sister and mother think.  In some ways, Jessica ties into the question of what makes a complete life, should a women feel that she needs a man to complete her.  This is one current that runs thought the relationship.  This is made more complicated by the fact that David, her husband is hiding more than the fact that David is not is real name.


                He’s older than what he owns to, by far.


                He’s like Wolverine in some ways without the claws.


                The problem with the book, if problem it is, is that Alex, Jessica’s sister is a far more interesting character than Jessica.  Additionally, while parts of the ending make sense, there does seem to be something off about the reaction (everyone seems to have forgotten the uncle).  The book is more of a character study than an actual plot driven novel, though it does capture the struggle of a woman trying to leave a relationship and the struggle she might have with money.