The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland

The Intermission

Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know--and how much should we want to know--about the people we love the most?After six years of marriage, the unshakeab...

Details The Intermission

TitleThe Intermission
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Intermission

  • Theresa Alan
    This novel, about a couple who has been married for five years, together for six, is not plot driven. When Cass and Jonathon decide to take a time out from each other before they have kids, both have been thinking about the good and bad parts of their marriage. The prospect of bringing a kid into the world brings the problem aspects into a new light. Both of them have secrets from each other that they are ashamed of, but the secrets don’t strik...
  • Elyse
    “What three things do you want most out of life? You know, for us? Jonathan asked Cass after they had been engaged for six hours. Shall we evaluate Cass’s answers? And Jonathan’s response? If ‘you’re’ married ....what might ‘your’ answers have been (at that time in your life when you were young - freshly in love - yet also clear you were a whole complete independent individual person?)Here is how Cass answered those questions? “...
  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    4 A Marriage Interrupted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 intermission: an interval between two parts of an event ie a marriage...Cass and Jonathan have been married for six years... from the outside they appear to be the couple who have everything... great jobs, a beautiful apartment, disposable income.... but, both Cass and Jonathan have secrets and doubts... so, before they start trying to have kids Cass decides they need a break... an intermission.... ...
  • Meredith B. (readingwithmere)
    3.5 StarsThe first thing I need to say is this book made me appreciate my marriage SO much more. I'm super glad that my marriage is 100% honest, real and there aren't any big secrets being withheld. Cass and Jonathan have been married for 5 years. They are young and living the New York dream. He's successful and she works for her dream boss - someone who she sees as a big brother. Then tragedy strikes when Cass's boss Percy gets sick. Cass decide...
  • Emer
    'The Intermission' was a fantastic page turning read that I gobbled up over the course of one hot, languid day. It's an utterly compelling read that throws back the curtains on the details of a marriage that from the outside looks perfect. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of the wife Cas and her husband Jonathan and this format really helps to get the reader inside the heads of these characters and to unmask all the secrets tha...
  • Stacey
    The Intermission is women’s fiction and a genre I like to sit back, relax, and get lost in some else’s drama. Jonathan and Cass have been married for five years and while their marriage started off with a bang, it has slipped off to the predictable and interest seems to be waning. Cass has an idea that they wouldn’t separate per se, but have a six month intermission. Jonathan is in New York while Cass will be staying with a friend in Los An...
  • Esil
    Barely 3 stars.Meh! I started off quite liking The Intermission. But I quickly found myself scratching my head. Cass and Jonathan have been married for five years. They live in New York, are both having work troubles and wondering whether it’s time to have a baby. Then Cass panics and decides it’s time to have a relationship “intermission”. She moves to Los Angeles and he stays in New York. They meet every few weeks as they trade their do...
  • Brandice
    The Intermission is a story about Cass and Jonathan, a couple living in NYC who has been married for 6 years. Cass questions their happiness and if they’re really still meant to be together. She announces that she wants a break for 6 months to test things out. She moves to LA during this break and the couple meets approximately once a month in the airport to exchange custody of their dog. Old and new flames resurface, work related issues come u...
  • Sarah Joint
    An interesting premise that suffered from some unlikable protagonists. I started liking them just fine, but towards the middle of the book I could barely stand them. Sometimes that can be fun to read, but in this instance it stopped me from caring about what happened to them and if they resolved their issues. Didn't completely work. I think my favorite character was Puddles the dog, and he could have been mentioned more. He was mostly a simple pl...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Well-paced narrative filled with secrets and heightened drama, but with little to no serious consequences, whichever way the drama is resolved. I have a hard time with entitled couples (he because he was born rich, she because she thinks the world owes her something because she is beautiful and had a hard childhood) who are disappointed when their fairytale marriage turns out to be just like any other marriage--sometimes work, sometimes dull, som...
  • Basic B's Guide
    3.5 rounded up to 4 for GoodreadsThank you Berkley Publishing for the free copy. All opinions are my own.When’s the last time your spouse did something to annoy you? That’s a loaded question, right?! Living with anyone is full of compromise and letting the small stuff go. Do I love that my husband falls asleep at the snap of a finger and snores all night long? Heck no! Do I love that he is fiercely loyal and always helps me see the bigger pic...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    The Intermission was such a unique story for me - first, the characters were close in age to me and living in New York City and dining at some of my own choice restaurants and frequenting similar places - immediately I was drawn in by my ability to relate! It seems marriage "breaks" have been somewhat of a theme as of late, a la - The Arrangement, The Ever After - but what set this one aside from the others for me was that this was a child free c...
  • Caryn
    I appreciated the portrait of marriage with a unique twist but also felt it was truly realistic of what couples realize several years after the wedding. The concept of an “intermission” makes sense. My issue with this particular story was I didn’t like either of the main characters. I wasn’t rooting for either. They were both flawed, which I realized moved the plot along, but given that I didn’t care enough to see what happened, it made...
  • Cian O hAnnrachainn
    Note to Penguin Random House, supplier of the review copy provided:All this talk of diversity in books, yet where is the diversity in setting? Must every work of women's fiction be set in New York City? Can we have stories about people who aren't jaded, entitled and whingeing over trivialities?I slogged through one-third of THE INTERMISSION before I realized I was wasting valuable reading time on something not worth the investment. Again, yes aga...
  • Becky
    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair & honest review.Cass & Jonathan, married 5 years & they seem to have it all....or do they?Cass proposes a break in the marriage, an "intermission". Jonathan doesn't see it coming....But, we find neither has been open & honest with each other.Through back & forth chapters we find out a lot about both of them-secrets, lies, etc.These are 2 very unlikable people, but, the book is well wr...
  • Kathryn
    Elyssa Friedland delivers an amazing work using humor to address a very serious subject - Marriage and Divorce! Cass asks/tells Jonathan, her husband of five years for an intermission (rather than a separation) on the day they had planned as their first attempt at baby making. Jonathan never sees it coming and believes that they have the best marriage around, it seems that everyone even Cass agrees! As Cass exits their luxury apartment, she expla...
  • bookbruin
    3.5 starsWhen I first read the summary for The Intermission I was very intrigued by the question of how much we truly know (and should want to know) about our spouse. Many times while reading this novel, I reflected on my own marriage - the highs, the lows, and the minutiae that sometimes feels so significant. I'll be honest, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I felt the author portrayed the nuances of marriage very well and I could i...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher –Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we ...
  • Barbara
    Reminiscent of Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan this book came to me a perfect time. I had been reading a lot of thrillers and needed a genre switch. This book was a delight! Cass and Jonathan appear to have a prefect marriage or at the very least they don't seem to have any real problems, but one day Cass tells Jonathan she needs a break from the marriage,an intermission, to be apart and re-evaluate after six months. Jonathan is t...
  • Lori
    3 1/5 stars for this quick read. After 5 years of marriage Cass asks for an ‘Intermission’ from Her marriage to Jonathan. Marriage is hard, but these 2 seem so not ready for it. Secrets before going in and secrets in the marriage. I really could not relate to either and couldn’t root for either. But, it’s a fast paced read, great for beach, or snowy winter day. I received an ARC from Greats Thoughts Reading Ninja Team. All opinions are my...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    These two idiots, with more baggage than someone their ages should have, should never reconcile and Puddles the pup needs new owners!Every once in a while I like to read different genres and let's be honest, I was super curious about the pup on the cover, do I decided to give "The Intermission" a chance. Cass and Jonathon have been married 5 years. They live in NY and to be honest, come across as a very posh, upscale couple. However, neither have...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Thank you to Kathleen Carter Communications and PenguinRandom House for a free copy of this book for an honest review. This story is told by both Jonathan and Cass who have been married six years. They both have secrets and now after a few years of marriage things they once liked about each other are beginning to annoy them. Cass blindsides Jonathan when she tells him she wants to take a break in the marriage or an intermission as she calls it. T...
  • Jordan Caldwell
    From the beginning, I did not like either of the main characters (Cass-wife, Jon(athan), husband). And, to be honest, they didn't seem to like each other, or themselves, much either. This fact, though, makes the story pretty relatable and quick moving. In any relationship, you reach of a point of complacency and sometimes it's hard to see your way out of that. Some people look at this as a good thing, some as a bad. For Cass and Jonathan, they vi...
  • Linda Zagon
    My Review of “The Intermission” by Elyssa Friedland Berkley Publishing July 3, 2018Elyssa Friedland , Author of “The Intermission” has written a unique, honest, emotional, and intriguing novel about marriage. Is it any wonder that deep secrets can cause trouble in relationships, and become something much bigger than they originally were? I appreciate that Elyssa Friedland has explored secrets, problems of communication, and questions of m...
  • Bookworm
    I have mixed feelings about this one. First of all, let me say the book is well-written and I would definitely read this author again. I especially enjoyed the way the ending was written to make you wonder what had been decided instead of just spitting it out. My problem with the story is that with two unlikeable main characters, I found myself ambivalent about whether they stayed together or not. They both seemed selfish and self-centered, and e...
  • Katie B
    Cass and Jonathan Coyne have been married for 5 years and appear to have it all. But Cass feels like their marriage no longer has that exciting spark as it did when they were newlyweds. So she suggests to Jonathan they do a trial separation (aka intermission) for 6 months in which they are allowed to see other people. As the months pass, they both reflect on the secrets they kept from one another that contributed to the downfall of their marriage...
  • Natalie
    Does marriage get boring? Do we find flaws in our spouses? Do we always handle tragedies well? INTERMISSION tells the story of an extremely likable couple who have us cheering for them to get past the inevitable disappointments that go with marriage. Friedland has crafted the novel about the Coynes, Jonathan and Cass, and how they dealt with life’s imperfections. Their plan was a 6 month “intermission “ to make decisions about their future....
  • Laura Hill
    (publication date 6/3/18)Writing; 4+ Characters: 4 Plot: 4An intriguing exploration of the interior spaces of a marriage. Cass and Jonathan Coyne have been married - ostensibly happily - for five years. And yet just as they are about to start a family, Cass suggests a six month “intermission” in which to step back and decide whether or not they belong together. The alternating chapters between their two voices are full of penetrating observat...
  • Suzanne
    The Intermission takes a look at a marriage 5 years old and answers the question - how well do you really know your spouse? Cass and Jonathan met in college, only to be reunited by fate (his words) in NYC years after graduation. But was it really fate?Cass comes to Jonathan and asks for an Intermission in their marriage - six months. And the book tells a her story, his story - chapter by chapter. Cass has secrets, and we learn later - so does Jon...