Linda is young, beautiful, and wealthy. She has a loving husband, two delightful daughters, and a plum of a job. She is also discontented. I never did grasp the reason for her dissatisfaction but was engrossed by her attempts to put some life into her existence. Paulo Coelho's Adultery is a detailed exploration of a brief period of her life and a profound consideration of love, anxiety, and redemption. The story is not compelling, the message is.
Coelho, an outstanding writer, explores five states of the journalist's interviewee, various stages of depression, and St. Paul's exposition of love (I Corinthians 13), quite a bit to cover in a brief novel. It was written in 2012 and translated from the Portugese in 2014. The reader should be warned that the first twenty percent of the book is a rather painful setup but the novel is well worth the effort.