The Intermission

The Intermission

Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know--and how much should we want to know--a Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? T...

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Title:The Intermission
Author:Elyssa Friedland
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0399586865
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Intermission Reviews

  • Stacey
    Jul 03, 2018
    The Intermission is women?s fiction and a genre I like to sit back, relax, and get lost in some else?s drama. Jonathan and Cass have been married for five years and while their marriage started off with a bang, it has slipped off to the predictable and interest seems to be wani...
  • Elyse
    May 06, 2018
    ?What three things do you want most out of life? You know, for us? Jonathan asked Cass after they had been engaged for six hours. Shall we evaluate Cass?s answers? And Jonathan?s response? If ?you?re? married ....what might ?your? answers have been (at that time i...
  • Fiona Davis
    Jul 18, 2018
    Friedland has an incredibly strong and unique voice and the story rocked - it was real, gritty, (and at times, hilarious) and so relatable. Beautifully done. I'm recommending it to all my friends. ...
  • Caryn
    Jul 01, 2018
    I appreciated the portrait of marriage with a unique twist but also felt it was truly realistic of what couples realize several years after the wedding. The concept of an ?intermission? makes sense. My issue with this particular story was I didn?t like either of the main characte...
  • Becky
    Mar 09, 2018
    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair & honest review. Cass & Jonathan, married 5 years & they seem to have it all....or do they? Cass proposes a break in the marriage, an "intermission". Jonathan doesn't see it coming....But, we find neither ...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Dec 25, 2017
    Well-paced narrative filled with secrets and heightened drama, but with little to no serious consequences, whichever way the drama is resolved. I have a hard time with entitled couples (he because he was born rich, she because she thinks the world owes her something because she is beau...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Jan 16, 2018
    The Intermission was such a unique story for me - first, the characters were close in age to me and living in New York City and dining at some of my own choice restaurants and frequenting similar places - immediately I was drawn in by my ability to relate! It seems marriage "breaks" ha...
  • Cian O hAnnrachainn
    May 30, 2018
    Note to Penguin Random House, supplier of the review copy provided: All this talk of diversity in books, yet where is the diversity in setting? Must every work of women's fiction be set in New York City? Can we have stories about people who aren't jaded, entitled and whingeing ove...
  • Theresa Alan
    Jun 17, 2018
    This novel, about a couple who has been married for five years, together for six, is not plot driven. When Cass and Jonathon decide to take a time out from each other before they have kids, both have been thinking about the good and bad parts of their marriage. The prospect of bringing...
  • Esil
    Jul 08, 2018
    Barely 3 stars. Meh! I started off quite liking The Intermission. But I quickly found myself scratching my head. Cass and Jonathan have been married for five years. They live in New York, are both having work troubles and wondering whether it?s time to have a baby. Then Cass panic...
  • Emer
    Apr 16, 2018
    'The Intermission' was a fantastic page turning read that I gobbled up over the course of one hot, languid day. It's an utterly compelling read that throws back the curtains on the details of a marriage that from the outside looks perfect. The story is told from the alternating perspec...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    Jun 25, 2018
    These two idiots, with more baggage than someone their ages should have, should never reconcile and Puddles the pup needs new owners! Every once in a while I like to read different genres and let's be honest, I was super curious about the pup on the cover, do I decided to give "The ...
  • Barbara
    Feb 07, 2018
    Reminiscent of Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan this book came to me a perfect time. I had been reading a lot of thrillers and needed a genre switch. This book was a delight! Cass and Jonathan appear to have a prefect marriage or at the very least they don't seem to have...
  • Lori Boyd
    Feb 04, 2018
    3 1/5 stars for this quick read. After 5 years of marriage Cass asks for an ?Intermission? from Her marriage to Jonathan. Marriage is hard, but these 2 seem so not ready for it. Secrets before going in and secrets in the marriage. I really could not relate to either and couldn?t ...
  • Janet
    Dec 05, 2017
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher ? Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives...
  • Tiff (fictionaltiff)
    Sep 24, 2018
    The Intermission presents a topic that is oftentimes looked down upon, if talked about at all: Separation. Elyssa Friedland plays out all of the different parts well and the story is intriguing, forcing the reader to ask questions that make people uncomfortable. Can a marriage recover ...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Jun 22, 2018
    3.5 rounded up to 4 for Goodreads Thank you Berkley Publishing for the free copy. All opinions are my own. When?s the last time your spouse did something to annoy you? That?s a loaded question, right?! Living with anyone is full of compromise and letting the small stuff go. D...
  • Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    Jul 09, 2018
    3.5 Stars The first thing I need to say is this book made me appreciate my marriage SO much more. I'm super glad that my marriage is 100% honest, real and there aren't any big secrets being withheld. Cass and Jonathan have been married for 5 years. They are young and living the ...
  • Lisa Montanaro
    Jul 18, 2018
    This book was page turning, addictive, and difficult to put down. And yet, most of the time, I despised the two protagonists, a husband and wife who take a break from their marriage to see if they really belong together. What I realize now after the book ended is that the true antagoni...
  • Deanna
    Jul 24, 2018
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 3.5 Stars Cass and Jonathan Coyne have been married for six years. They have always been confident in their love for each other. But lately, Cass finds herself wondering what it would be like to be sing...
  • Sarah Joint
    Jul 07, 2018
    An interesting premise that suffered from some unlikable protagonists. I started liking them just fine, but towards the middle of the book I could barely stand them. Sometimes that can be fun to read, but in this instance it stopped me from caring about what happened to them and if the...
  • Jodi
    Jul 19, 2018
    I don?t think I?ve read a book with two more unlikeable characters in a very long time. This book was almost unreadable. ...
  • Brandice
    May 22, 2018
    The Intermission is a story about Cass and Jonathan, a couple living in NYC who has been married for 6 years. Cass questions their happiness and if they?re really still meant to be together. She announces that she wants a break for 6 months to test things out. She moves to LA during ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Jul 03, 2018
    4 A Marriage Interrupted Stars ???? intermission: an interval between two parts of an event ie a marriage... Cass and Jonathan have been married for six years... from the outside they appear to be the couple who have everything... great jobs, a beautiful apartment, d...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Mar 13, 2018
    Putting this one on pause for now. Still in a funky slump and I want to give it a fair chance later on since it seems like something I?ll enjoy. Won via Goodreads Giveaway! ...
  • book bruin
    Jun 19, 2018
    3.5 stars When I first read the summary for The Intermission I was very intrigued by the question of how much we truly know (and should want to know) about our spouse. Many times while reading this novel, I reflected on my own marriage - the highs, the lows, and the minutiae that so...
  • Jordan Caldwell
    Feb 19, 2018
    From the beginning, I did not like either of the main characters (Cass-wife, Jon(athan), husband). And, to be honest, they didn't seem to like each other, or themselves, much either. This fact, though, makes the story pretty relatable and quick moving. In any relationship, you reach of...
  • Lisa Aiello
    Oct 09, 2018
    This book took me forever to get through. Not because the writing wasn't good or the story itself was lacking, but it was the particularly unlikable characters of Cass and her husband Jon. They both seemed a bit vapid and shallow to me. Cass and Jon have been together for six years, ma...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Jul 09, 2018
    Thank you to Kathleen Carter Communications and PenguinRandom House for a free copy of this book for an honest review. This story is told by both Jonathan and Cass who have been married six years. They both have secrets and now after a few years of marriage things they once liked about...
  • Kathryn
    Jun 11, 2018
    Elyssa Friedland delivers an amazing work using humor to address a very serious subject - Marriage and Divorce! Cass asks/tells Jonathan, her husband of five years for an intermission (rather than a separation) on the day they had planned as their first attempt at baby making. Jonathan...