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 Gabi's Review


This is a captivating account of twenty years of marriage between two down-to-earth Gen X'ers, who earnestly traverse the choppy waters of self-improvement and modern wellness trends. After Jack, a talented photographer from Kansas, and Elizabeth, a hardworking student from a wealthy family, meet in Chicago in the 90's, they enter into a blissful period of camaraderie and exploration. Elizabeth secures a position at a psychological research company studying placebo effects, and eventually the couple have a child. In this very funny, yet heartfelt story, Hill examines the nuances of wellness through the eyes of Jack and Elizabeth - from open marriage and digital fitness trackers to dietary fads, progressive parenting and cult behavior. The narrative is a long but thorough examination of two lives, and a humorous yet sincere commentary on contemporary culture. I thoroughly enjoyed it.