“Nude, Naked” by Elizabeth Gillies
One of the best books I have read in a long time, Elizabeth Gillies’ “Nude, Naked”, is about a woman who was born in a very wealthy family but was always worried that she would end up like her mother. Her mother was beautiful, rich and influential, but also very unhappy with her life in a home full of servants and chauffeurs. So when she married into the wrong family, she tried to live a happier, more independent life, one where she had the freedom to explore her sexuality and the freedom to be what she wanted to be.
Elizabeth Gillies is an art collector with the most expensive collections in Europe. She has the best of everything in her life – money, art, food, friends, food…but nothing seems to come close to her husband, the man she loves so much, who can never be near enough for her, because he’s always at work. Their marriage is a perfect match – they’re both smart successful and adventurous. When their son is born, they both expect it to be the love of their lives, but when the first of several miscarriages comes along, they both become depressed and unhappy.
When Elizabeth Gillies takes her life back by choosing to be who she was meant to be, however, she and her husband begin to enjoy life again. Unfortunately, once they have the chance to go out on their own again, they are dismayed at how many of them end up feeling miserable. They finally decide to go shopping for a new dress; on their way home, however, they run into an old friend of theirs.
The woman she meets is called Eve, and despite being one of those people she admires, she refuses to follow her friends’ advice and date them. She is, however, quite interested in the Gillies’ son. She invites them to come along to dinner on the night of the son’s birth, and the next day she surprises them with a surprise.
She reveals to them that she is pregnant with the child of the woman they met earlier in the evening. Elizabeth and Eve immediately try to deny it, but the truth is discovered. So even if she was lying, they don’t know that she was, and they have to decide if they want the new baby, or not. and what to do about it now that they know about it. After talking to the doctor about it, they agree to let the baby live – the one they knew, not the one that they wanted.
“Nude, Naked” by Elizabeth Gillies is not just about what happens after the miscarriage. It’s about what happened before it, and about what will happen in the future, as well. This book is about life and its meaning. It is a book that everyone can read, regardless of their age.