When Melanie tires of Dan’s lack of ambition, she divorces him and finds out that times really have changed. As the breadwinner, she must give Dan the apartment, joint custody of their beloved pug, and a whopping hunk of alimony for the next eight years. She can’t get past the unfairness of still supporting her ex, and sees a way out in the cohabitation loophole of the divorce agreement. If Dan lives with another woman for ninety days, he forfeits alimony. Melanie devises an elaborate scheme to get Dan off of her payroll and regain her ‘perfect’ life. Her plan gets her more than she bargained for however, and Melanie could end up paying a much higher cost than alimony.
Jane Heller gives humorous insight into the role reversal of a modern marriage. Melanie’s character was far from a typical heroine, and her unpredictability kept me turning the pages.