A man’s infidelity rocks the lives of many New York women five months after his death, as former lovers discover that he was infected with more than just an electric personality.
Jenkins’ sequel to Don’t You Forget About Me explores a new set of women linked to financial giant Jack Smith. Pam Smith, grieving her husband’s death, suffers the haunting news that she is infected with AIDS. She searches for a way to cope with the pain Jack caused as she comforts the other women Jack infected during their estranged marriage. A cast of sympathetic characters filters in and out of the Smith household, illustrating the complexity of a marriage that seemed tranquil on the surface but was furious and unpredictable underneath. More than six women, including Pam’s sister, Marie, and Jack’s co-worker Sandra, had affairs with Jack. Pam, meanwhile, cannot help but wonder why she is extending herself to those who deceived her, taking on the responsibility Jack should have endured had he lived to see his own path of destruction. Jenkins blends Pam’s omniscient narration with monologues from each of the secondary characters, providing resolution and a range of perspectives on Jack, Pam and life with AIDS. While each character brings his or her own drama and complexity, they unite in a blend of love and hate for the toxic yet irresistible Jack. Jenkins shows the reader all sides of Jack, even the tender and vulnerable: Maryanne, one of Jack’s girlfriends, has a daughter with birth defects, with whom Jack had a close relationship and for whom he established a large trust fund.
A gritty, realistic portrait of the aftermath of deceit.