Alexandra Marshall

Something Borrowed

<cite>Something Borrowed</cite>
  • Hardcover edition
  • 1997
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0395816653
  • Paperback edition
  • 1999
  • Mariner Books
  • ISBN: 0395924898
  • eBook edition
  • 2014
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Format(s): Kindle, Nook


Something Borrowed is a wisely witty love story about unresolved relationships and unexpected second chances.

Gale and Gary are a divorced couple reunited after fifteen years on the occasion of their son's wedding. Their marriage began with a passionate connection and, through one betrayal, ended in an explosive collapse. At middle age, each has settled into a new life with a caring spouse. But seeing each other again, Gary and Gale are shocked to find that sexual sparks still fly between them, and temptation beckons against their better judgment. 'Will they or won't they sleep together?' is the inevitable question. But the tougher question has far more serious consequences: Will they or won't they stay together?

Against the universal background of the wedding events, complications both comic and heartbreaking arise for everyone connected to them. Sophisticated and woefully funny, Something Borrowed is for romantics with a realistic view of the gray area called love.


"Marshall is that true rarity, a novelist full of wise observations, mordant wit and a fine comic sense. ... A mixture of rue and humor and wistful speculation that explores what the epigraph calls the "ache of marriage," Something Borrowed is a pleasure to read." San Francisco Chronicle

"Marshall brilliantly anatomizes what Chaucer's Wife of Bath called the 'wo that is marriage,' ...[and] deftly provides her characters with options and opportunities to behave well." Baltimore Sun

"A glorious portrait of marriage, divorce, and true love. Something Borrowed takes on the complex and fascinating web that is domestic life and gets it right every time." — Alice Hoffman

"This is a wonderful book, a beautiful work of fiction. It's funny, sexy, sad, and wise..." — Christopher Tilghman

"Finally, a book about grown-ups. Alexandra Marshall has a knowing eye for families—neither nuclear nor smoothly blended—who have been through the Cuisinart of divorce. Something Borrowed is a welcome album of mixed emotions at midlife." — Ellen Goodman