When He Leaves You -- For Another Man

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It made headlines when bestselling author Terry McMillan found out her husband was gay. But a surprising number of women across the country have already lived that story.

It made headlines when bestselling author Terry McMillan found out her husband was gay. But a surprising number of women across the country have already lived that story. It’s a theme examined in an acclaimed new novel.

While there are no hard estimates on the number of marriages that have dissolved because a spouse turns out to be gay, this is a subject that has come out, so to speak, following the revelations of McMillan's marriage. In his new novel, "Late and Soon," author Robert J. Hughes examines the life of Claire, a woman whose husband had left her for another man five years earlier.

“While many spouses feel betrayed when their husbands or wives turn for love and affection to a member of the same sex,” says Hughes, “that doesn't mean the end of the world. Usually, it's the spouse who strayed who feels most upset by this development.”

In Hughes new novel, Clair sees the man her ex left her for at a party. Surprisingly, he informs her that her ex-husband has left him, too. Thus begins a novel of self-examination, as Claire ponders how she let her love life lapse since her husband left her -- even though she no longer feels betrayed, she still is distrustful of romance.

She knows what she needs to do -- put herself out there, get into the mix. What becomes clear in the novel is the fact that Claire must confront not only the possibility of romance, but also of reconciliation with the family of the man who betrayed her. It’s a lesson, Hughes says, that many in the same situation must face.

At once a look into the heart of a woman putting her life together, and a world where art and commerce meet, "Late and Soon" explores with feeling and sensitivity the conflicts of modern love.

Novelist Robert J. Hughes is also a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He has covered art auctions, the art world and culture for that newspaper and can speak on those topics and also the many ways his novel "Late and Soon" will appeal to people everywhere.

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