A struggling artist is thrown into an alternate life as a disappointed housewife in this debut novel.
Art school graduate Kelly Holter is more or less contented with her life in Chicago. She's single and she's never exhibited her work in a gallery, but she has her best friend, Linnea Flood, a more successful artist, and her cat, Meeks. On her 29th birthday, Kelly is attending Linnea's first solo exhibition when she walks through an ordinary-seeming bathroom door and is unexpectedly transported to a birthday party in her own honor at an Italian restaurant in Michigan. Michigan Kelly has a husband, Eric Hyde, a man she hardly knew in high school; a big extended family; a friendly dog named Bear; and art supplies she's forgotten how to use. Unsettling memory glitches, a trip to Chicago to find Linnea, who may or may not remember who she really is, and a suspicion that Eric may be involved in whatever is going on send Kelly on a quest to discover how she ended up in a life she didn't choose and isn't sure she wants. Hidden document files, an unreliable artificial intelligence app, and an annoying voice-enabled refrigerator that tracks Kelly and Eric's food purchases provide tantalizing clues. Convincing alternate-universe mechanics and a subtle lesson in the perils of manipulating other people to get what we want raise the bar in this fun, well-paced story.
An enjoyable adventure with a likable heroine in search of the life she really wants.