Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.
Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.
What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?
Praise for I’m Fine and Neither Are You:
“An apt and moving look at how the truth makes love stronger.” –Woman’s World
“Hotly anticipated novel I’m Fine And Neither Are You follows Penelope Ruiz-Kar’s attempt at saving her marriage with total and brutal honesty. When a tragedy in her friend’s life forces her to confront her own issues, Penelope and her husband vow to write down a list of all the things they’d change about each other. But what felt like a positive change quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets.” —Cosmo UK
“Exploring the boundaries of friendship and marriage, this novel is packed with intricate characters and amazing insight.” —San Diego Entertainer Magazine
“As an avid reader I come across many books. Some are okay and some I wonder how did they even got published. But this book is a treasure! This is one of those that you don’t find often, that many readers seek. This book offered the thrill of being taken through so many emotions that I can’t help but classify this as a ‘must read.’… I highly recommend to readers who enjoy a well-written, satisfying story of humor but also one that deals with real life issues.” —Long and Short Reviews
“Pagán is back with a poignant novel that explores truthfulness and boundaries in friendship, marriage, and more. With relatable characters and a realistic plot, this character-driven novel will have readers wondering if honesty really is the best policy.” –Booklist
“Read this and thank me later.” —Barbara Bos, Women Writers, Women’s Books
“[Pagán’s] novel offers insight into the complexities of women’s lives, and how one woman learns to deal with it through the pain of loss and heartache and come out on top.” –New York Journal of Books
“Camille Pagán’s novels are compulsively readable, and her latest may just be her ultimate page-turner. Smart, witty, and exacting, I’m Fine and Neither Are You examines the high price of perfection and the rewards of getting real—even when doing so jeopardizes your most important relationships. I loved it.” —Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author
“With amazing insight into what it’s like to balance marriage, home, and career, Camille Pagán has shined a spotlight on the stark truth, which is that it’s much harder than we make it look. Mother’s little helper takes on a very modern—and unsettling—meaning. This is one relatable tale.” —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know
“A senseless tragedy causes a woman to reevaluate her entire life in I’m Fine and Neither Are You—a beautiful novel that is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. Camille Pagán’s latest is a must-read for any woman who has tried (and most likely failed) to have it all.” —Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of Girls’ Night Out
“I laughed, cried, and reflected my way through Camille Pagán’s glorious novel. It is honest, deep, and timely—not to mention exquisitely written. The story moves at a precise clip, gripping the reader and asking many of life’s toughest but most important questions. A perfect read!” —Elyssa Friedland, author of The Intermission