The Starter Wife

How would you react if your husband had an affair? It might depend on how you found out. In this excerpt from The Starter Wife, author Gigi Levangie Grazer depicts one woman's struggle to keep her cool as news of her studio exec husband's affair hits Hollywood.

Roses. The jerk sent one hundred roses to someone who wasn't his wife. Someone who wasn't his dead mother. Someone who wasn't his daughter. How did Gracie find out about the roses? Her florist.

Gracie, like all Wives Of in L.A., had a favorite florist — a messy, expensive relationship fraught with emotional potholes. In her world, the florist/client relationship was closer than the hairdresser/client relationship. The right florist could be called on night and day — and often needed to be on standby. Gracie had at least three occasions a week in which to send flowers: someone's grandmother died, someone had a baby, this person got promoted, that person got demoted, this producer has a movie opening, that producer's movie reached 100 million, this actress is having (more) (cosmetic) surgery, that actor is having a nervous breakdown, so-and-so's in rehab, it's the star's brother's wife's birthday.

The list was endless.

Gracie's florist, a human nerve ending with concert pianist's fingers and a head as smooth as an eggshell, called the next morning asking how she liked the flowers, letting her know how to take care of them — he prided himself on the lengths he would go for that extra "personal touch."

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