When Josh and Sarah Simon decide to pack up and leave Brooklyn and their Manhattan jobs, Sarah feels a slight tinge of anxiety. After all, what does she know about life in the country? They are moving to Farmwood, Virginia, where Josh will be a professor in a small college. And Sarah will be at loose ends, not even sure what her future holds.
Additionally, Sarah hasn’t driven a car in many years. There really wasn’t a need for it in Manhattan. Her anxiety increases as she ponders the possibility of it, and how it will be necessary in her new life.
She is also anxious because she and Josh are contemplating having a child.
Are Sarah’s fears about driving, about her future, and about parenthood all part of the same thing? Is it all a huge fear of the chasm that has opened up, making her life a quandary?
Right off the bat, though, Sarah signs up for driving lessons…and then, she also takes a job as a salesperson in a kitschy store. What is that all about?
But before Sarah can truly analyze these events, she gets a call from her best friend Mona in NY…and everything turns upside down. Soon she is off to NY to help her best friend through a medical crisis. And while she is at it, perhaps she can sort through some of her own anxieties.
Driving Lessons: A Novel (P.S.) is a delightful book about a woman on the cusp of major life changes, and while she is anxious, she also has the opportunity to sort things out. I enjoyed the dialogue, the characters, and the “feel good” aura about it all. Despite its predictability, it is a perfect read for those who enjoy women’s issues and are seeking a comfort read. 4.0 stars.